United Airlines has opened reservations on its
newest destination in China, Xiían.
The nonstop flights will be operated three times
per week from San Francisco between 8 May and 27 October 2016,
subject to government approval.
United will use Boeing 787
Dreamliner on the route. The airline currently has 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet, and
expects to take delivery of three more by the end of 2015.
The flights will depart San
Francisco International Airport at 13:35 on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Xiían at 17:30 the
following days (all times local).
The return flights will depart
Xiíanís Xianyang International Airport at 09:30 on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive at San Francisco International
Airport at 06:35 the same day.
Flight times will be
approximately 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 5
Xiían is the
capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, at the eastern end
of the Silk Road.
With a population of more than 8 million, it is
one of Chinaís oldest cities and an important cultural, economic
and educational center.
The plains surrounding Xiían are home to
the famed Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors), thousands of
life-size, hand-molded figures buried with Chinaís first emperor,
Qin Shi Huang.
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