United Airlines will introduce daily nonstop flights between its San Francisco International Airport hub and Singapore´s Changi Airport, effective June 1, 2016 (westbound), subject to government approval, the company said.
United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between San Francisco and Singapore, and this will be the only nonstop service to the US from Singapore.
United will use the world´s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to operate the service.
Measured by distance, the San Francisco – Singapore service will be the longest scheduled 787 flight operated by any airline and the longest scheduled flight operated by any US carrier, at 8,446 miles.
Flight UA1 will depart San Francisco at 11:25 p.m. daily, arriving in Singapore at 6:45 a.m. two days later (all times local). The return flight, UA2, will depart Singapore´s Changi Airport at 8:45 a.m. daily, arriving at San Francisco International Airport at 9:15 a.m. the same day. Flying times will be approximately 15 hours, 30 minutes eastbound and 16 hours, 20 minutes westbound.
By using the new nonstop flights between San Francisco and Singapore, customers will be able to save up to four hours´ journey time each way, as compared with the current United one-stop service and competitors´ schedules.
United has timed the new flights to connect at San Francisco with an extensive network of service throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. United and United Express jointly operate over 270 daily flights from San Francisco to 80 destinations throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. With this new service, United will provide convenient one-stop service to more than 40 US cities, including more than 26 cities that do not have one-stop service from Singapore today.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.