United Airlines Applies for Permission to Operate San Francisco-Chengdu Service

By Jesse Sokolow on 29 August 2013
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San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

United Airlines announced that it applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin nonstop service between San Francisco and Chengdu, China, effective June 9 of next year.  The service would operate three times a week, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

The proposed flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:35 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 6:50 p.m. the next day.  From Chengdu, flights will depart at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and arrive in San Francisco at 8:50 a.m. the same day.

The flights are subject to government approval.

United Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliners are equipped with 36 lie-flat seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 in Economy Plus, and 183 in United Economy.

Last month, United began service between Newark and Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

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