United Airlines will be launching flights from Los Angeles to Singapore effective from October 27, 2017. The nonstop flights to be operated daily would be the longest to/from United States. It would be also the world’s longest Dreamliner route with a flying distance of 8,700 miles. Presently, the airline is holding the record of operating the longest route between San Francisco and Singapore. The Los Angeles-Singapore route will be operated with the help of a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, configured with three classes – United Polaris (business class), Economy Plus and Economy Class.
Media reports said that Flight UA37 will depart from Los Angeles at 20:55 hours and arrives in Singapore at 06:50 hours after two days. The return Flight UA38 will make its departure from Singapore at 11:00 hours and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:15 hours. The flight duration of this world’s longest passenger commercial flight would be about 17 hours 55 minutes. The record of operating longest flight is believed to be currently held by Qatar Airways, which operates Doha-Auckland route involving a flight duration of nearly 17 hours 30 minutes.
It may be known that Singapore Airlines has earlier operated nonstop flights to both Los Angeles and New York but had to cancel these routes in 2013 because of high fuel costs. Singapore’s national carrier is now planning to resume flights to the U.S. after acquiring its new Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft. Qantas Airways is currently operating the longest scheduled flights service to/from the United States with its flights between Dallas and Sydney utilizing Airbus A380 aircrafts.
Dave Hilfman, United Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, said, “United Airlines wants to make travel to Singapore convenient for our customers, whether traveling for business or leisure. The launch of new flights to Los Angeles would offer Singaporeans flexible opportunities for seamlessly connections to many destinations on the airline’s extensive network to the United States, Canada and Latin America.”