United Airlines to launch longest commercial flight on San Francisco-Singapore route
United Airlines will introduce daily non-stop flights between its San Francisco International Airport hub and Singapore’s Changi Airport, from June 1st, 2016, subject to government approval.
United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between San Francisco and Singapore, and this will be the only non-stop 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.
“We are very excited about introducing non-stop flights between San Francisco and Singapore,” said Marcel Fuchs, United vice president of Atlantic and Pacific sales.
“This long-awaited service has been made possible by the newest version of our customer-pleasing Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and will offer unique benefits to customers traveling between our West Coast hub at San Francisco and Singapore.
Customers arriving to San Francisco will have dozens of options to connect to other cities across the Americas.”
Flight UA1 will depart San Francisco at 23:25 daily, arriving in Singapore at 06:45 two days later (all times local).
The return flight, UA2, will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport at 08:45 daily, arriving at San Francisco International Airport at 09:15 the same day.
Flying times will be approximately 15 hours, 30 minutes eastbound and 16 hours, 20 minutes westbound.
By using the new non-stop 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.