United Airlines is all set to launch its new route to Singapore from June this year. The airline has announced it will be launching nonstop flights to Singapore from San Francisco starting from June 1, 2016. The daily service between Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be operated with the help of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This will now be the longest nonstop route to be served by a U.S. carrier.
The airline has also revealed the schedule of the new service. According to United Airlines, Flight UA1 will take off from San Francisco at 11:25 hours and reach Singapore at 06:45 hours, after two days. The return Flight UA2 will depart from Singapore at 08:45 hours and arrive in San Francisco at 09:15 hours, same day. The flights on the new route will be curtailed by four hours each way thus saving considerable time for the customers flying either way. The eastbound service will involve flight duration of nearly 15 hours 30 minutes, while the westbound flight will be of duration of about 16 hours 20 minutes.
The flight on the new route has been timed such that the customers upon arrival at San Francisco from Singapore will be able to connect with an extensive network of flights services across the United States, Latin America and Canada. The new route will also now become the first ever nonstop service between Singapore and San Francisco. Earlier, Singapore Airlines operated nonstop flights to both Los Angeles and New York from Singapore, but the two routes were dropped in 2013. Singapore Airlines is now planning to restart the flights services between Singapore and United States after taking the delivery of its new ultra long-haul version of Airbus A350 aircraft.
Media reports said that the new Singapore-San Francisco service to be operated by United Airlines may prove to be the longest nonstop route to be served by a U.S. carrier, and also the longest flight to be operated with the help of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, though it won’t be the longest nonstop flights services to be served worldwide.