United Airlines applies to operate 787 service to Xi'an

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.