Airlines & Airports
|October 12, 2015|
Now You Can Book A United Airlines 787 Nonstop To Xi'an, China
|United Airlines, the airline with the most U.S.-China service, has made seats available for sale to its newest China destination, Xi'an.|
The nonstop service will be the first trans-Pacific flights to Xi'an operated by any airline, and United will be the first U.S. airline to serve the city.
United intends to use the world's most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to operate the three-times-weekly service from San Francisco between May 8 and Oct. 27, 2016, subject to government approval.
United wishes to acknowledge the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of State and the Civil Aviation Administration of China for their forward-thinking negotiations to open nonstop flights from the United States to interior points in China, which make the Xi'an service possible.
The flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Xi'an at 5:30 p.m. the following days (all times local). The return flights will depart Xi'an's Xianyang International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 6:35 a.m. the same days. Flight times will be approximately 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 5 minutes eastbound.
Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, at the eastern end of the Silk Road. With a population of more than 8 million, it is one of China's oldest cities and an important cultural, economic and educational center. The plains surrounding Xi'an are home to the famed Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The 787 Dreamliner is revolutionizing the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. The aircraft's use of lightweight composites, together with its modern engines and improved aerodynamic design, allow it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.
United currently has 22 787 Dreamliners in its fleet and expects to take delivery of three more by the end of 2015.
United in China
United operates more nonstop U.S.-China flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline.
The airline began nonstop service to the country in 1986 and today serves Beijing with nonstop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington/Dulles; Shanghai with nonstop flights from Chicago, Guam, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco; Chengdu with nonstop flights from San Francisco; and Hong Kong with nonstop flights from Chicago, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Singapore.
United is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's largest and most comprehensive airline alliance, whose other members include Air China. United and Air China have a bilateral partnership that includes code-sharing on select routes and provides customers with additional travel benefits such as airport lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.