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United to Launch Direct Service from San Francisco to Singapore

Photo provided by Harrison Fukuji

United Airlines has announced nonstop service between its hub in San Francisco and Singapore beginning June 1, 2016, pending government and regulatory approval.

The airline will operate its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the new route. The aircraft features 48 BusinessFirst seats and 204 Economy seats, including 88 seats in the airline’s EconomyPlus cabin.

United has operated service to Singapore since 1986 and currently operates daily Boeing 777-200 service from Tokyo/Narita and Hong Kong. The new flight will be the only service between San Francisco and Singapore, and United will be the only U.S. airline to offer nonstop service from the United States to Singapore. However, with the launch of nonstop service, United will discontinue the Tokyo/Narita to Singapore service on June 2.

“We are very excited about introducing nonstop flights between San Francisco and Singapore,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s 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.”

United flight UA1 will depart daily San Francisco at 11:25 pm and will arrive into Singapore at 6:45 am, two days later. On the return, UA2 will depart Singapore at 8:45 am and arrive into San Francisco at 9:15am, the same day. All times are local. At 8,446 miles and approximately 15-and-a-half hours eastbound and 16 hours 20 minutes westbound, the new flight will be the longest scheduled flight operated by a U.S. carrier.

The current pricing for the new route (Image taken as a screenshot from united.com)

Image taken as a screenshot from united.com

United operates nearly 280 daily flights out of San Francisco to more than 90 destinations in Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Tyler Tashji


  • Tyler Tashji

    Tyler has been an aviation enthusiast for as long as he can remember and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration with a minor in Social Media Marketing from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. His preferred airline is United and his favorite aircraft is the Boeing 777 and 757. Tyler has his fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is unlikely to be seen without Starbucks in his hand. He is also an avid plane spotter. Tyler always has a smile on his face and his eyes pointed skyward.

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