11 June 2014
United Airlines said it has launched a new nonstop service linking the airline´s San Francisco hub with Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city, becoming the first carrier to fly nonstop from the US to mainland China beyond Beijing and Shanghai and the first US carrier to serve Chengdu.
“United offers travelers more choices to more of the world than any other airline and we´re proud to expand our global reach with the first trans-Pacific service to Chengdu,” said Dave Hilfman, United´s senior vice president of worldwide sales. “With more than 250 of the Fortune 500 companies located in the area, and as home to the giant panda and Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu will be a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers.”
United will use the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to operate the three-times-weekly service. Chengdu is the ninth destination United serves in the Asia/Pacific region nonstop from San Francisco, from which United offers more nonstop trans-Pacific flights from the United States than any other carrier.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. For more information, visit united.com. United´s parent company is United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL).