United Airlines said it has made seats available for sale to its newest China destination, Xi´an.
The nonstop service will be the first trans-Pacific flights 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 from San Francisco between May 8 and Oct. 27, 2016, subject to government approval.
Xi´an is the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, at the eastern end of the Silk Road. With a population of more than eight million, it is one of China´s oldest cities and an important cultural, economic and educational center.
United said it operates more nonstop US-China flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 362 airports across six continents. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.