26. May 2011 12:03
The United Airlines recently launched its first-ever daily nonstop flights between the second-largest US city Los Angeles and China’s finance and trade centre Shanghai. The flights will operate from the airline’s hub at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline will press into service Boeing 777 aircraft to operate the daily flights.
According to the schedule, Flight 877 will depart Los Angeles daily at 1.23 pm and will arrive at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 5.45 pm the next day. On the return, Flight 878 will depart Shanghai at 8.10 pm and will arrive at Los Angeles at 5.07 pm the same day. The airline in a statement said that the flights are timed to provide convenient round-trip connections at its Los Angeles hub to cities throughout the western US, Canada and Mexico. Currently, the United Airlines offers more than 225 daily flights to destinations throughout the world from the Los Angeles hub.
At present, the United Airlines is upgrading its international first and business class sections, including new flat-bed seats in the business class. The airline said that both the first class and the business class cabins of the aircraft used on the Los Angeles-Shanghai route will have flat-bed seating by year-end. Besides, the flights will also offer improved economy-class features such as larger personal video screens, video-on-demand and in-seat power ports.
The United Airlines started operating flights to China in 1986. Currently, the airline has daily nonstop flights to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai from hubs in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington.