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Wed, 9 March 2016

United Airlines to Launch B787-9 Flights Between San Francisco and Hangzhou

United Airlines is to launch thrice weekly nonstop flights between its West Coast Asia/Pacific hub at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Hangzhous Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) in China, beginning 13 July 2016 (westbound), subject to government approval.

 United will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to operate the service.

Hangzhou, the capital of Chinas Zhejiang province, will be the fifth mainland China city that United serves, and Uniteds 14th Asia Pacific destination from San Francisco.

We look forward to welcoming Hangzhou to our global route network using the customer-favorite 787-9 Dreamliner, said Jim Compton, Uniteds vice chairman and chief revenue officer. We will offer customers unique nonstop flights between the West Coast and one of Chinas fastest-growing travel markets. Additionally, customers traveling from China to the U.S. will find convenient, easy connections at our San Francisco hub to many U.S. business centers and leisure destinations.

Uniteds service between San Francisco and Hangzhou will feature amenities and services designed for Chinese customers, including:

Mandarin-speaking flight attendants;

Personalized inflight entertainment options, including Chinese-language services; and

A wide selection of inflight meals and beverages, including Chinese-style cuisine.

At United, we want to be the airline that our Chinese customers choose first, said Eliza Lin, Uniteds director of Sales for Eastern China. We are bringing our customers in China and the U.S. the choice, comfort and convenience they deserve, and our growing trans-Pacific network offers customers more ways to travel between the U.S. and China.

Uniteds service to Hangzhou offers business and leisure customers convenient options for travel to Shanghai and Chinas central coast. Located approximately 102 miles southwest of Shanghai, customers arriving in Hangzhou can access several options for rail, bus and car travel to Shanghai.

UA 982 will depart San Francisco at 14:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Hangzhou at 18:10 the following day. Flight time will be 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound.

The return flight, UA 983, will depart Hangzhou at 11:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at San Francisco at 08:25 the same day. Flight time will be 11 hours, 55 minutes eastbound.

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