United Airlines said it has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin seasonal nonstop service between the airline´s San Francisco hub and Xi´an, China.
If approved, this will be the first trans-Pacific service to Xi´an operated by any airline, and United will be the first US airline to serve the city.
United said it intends to use the world´s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to operate the three-times-weekly service between May 8 and Oct. 27, 2016 (westbound).
Xi´an is the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, at the eastern end of the Silk Road.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 362 airports across six continents.