United Airlines today thanks the governments of the People’s Republic of
China and the United States for their collaborative effort, resulting in a
new agreement liberalizing air services between the countries. Under the
new agreement, United plans to apply for authority to launch daily,
nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and
Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG). The new agreement provides United the opportunity to apply for additional
nonstop service to China, as well as increases the carrier’s code-share
rights to China with Air China and Star Alliance members.
“All of us at United are excited about the new agreement and the potential
it represents. It will provide United with the opportunity to launch much-
needed additional nonstop China service,” says John Tague, executive vice
president - Marketing, Sales and Revenue. “Both governments have worked
hard to reach an agreement that will benefit travelers and support the
increasing commercial and cultural exchanges between our countries. New
China service is needed immediately because travel demand in this market
is at record levels. United has the infrastructure in place to meet that
demand by connecting our hub in Chicago, and travelers from the U.S.
Midwest and East Coast, with Shanghai, China’s commercial and financial
United currently is the only U.S. airline with nonstop service from the
U.S. to China, with daily, nonstop flights between Chicago and Beijing,
and San Francisco and Shanghai, as well as newly launched daily, nonstop
service between San Francisco and Beijing. The airline in April opened a
sales office in Guangzhou, another city United is interested in serving in
the future. United currently is limited to 21 flights per week between the
U.S. and China.
United offers more flights between the 50 United States and Asia Pacific
than any other airline. United serves 11 Asia Pacific destinations,
including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai,
Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo. And, with the Star Alliance network,
United customers have access to even more Asia-Pacific markets,
representing virtually all points in the region.