United Airlines to Increase Flights to Shanghai

By Kurt Stolz on 19 August 2020
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Following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and China’s aviation authority that the two nations will double the number of round-trip flights permitted between the two nations, United Airlines said it would increase the number of flights it operates to Shanghai.

United currently operates two round-trip flights to Shanghai, via Seoul, each week.  It will increase that figure to four.

The Chicago-based airline has served mainland China for more than three decades. Prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, United operated dozens of flights per week between the two countries.  That air traffic literally came to a standstill when President Trump banned flights from China in late January amidst early fears over the outbreak.

“We look forward to continuing to connect customers traveling between the U.S. and Shanghai with two additional flights beginning in September,” said Patrick Quayle, its vice president for alliances.

United will operate the flights using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that seats a total of 350 passengers in three distinct cabins.  The 777 features 60 Polaris business-class seats that 22” in width and extend into a bed that is 78” in length.  The Premium Plus premium-economy section seats 24 and offers recliner seats that are 18.5” in width and have a seat pitch of 38”.

Flights to Shanghai will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while return flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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