United Airlines has boosted its Asian connections with the launch of a new route connecting San Francisco with Taipei, and an enhanced service between Houston and Tokyo.
The new Taipei service, which commenced on Saturday (29 March 2014), will be operated daily using a 269-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft featuring all four of United’s cabin classes.
Flights will depart San Francisco every day at 1350, arriving in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 1830 the next day. The return leg will leave Taipei at 1110, arriving back into San Francisco International Airport at 0730 the same day.
With the addition of Taipei, United will offer direct flights between San Francisco and eight cities in the Asia Pacific region.
Meanwhile, the airline is also doubling the frequency of its Houston-Tokyo service to two daily flights. From Sunday 30 March 2014, the US-based carrier will add a new 0900 departure from the Texas city, arriving into Tokyo’s Narita International Airport at 1235 the next day. The return flight will leave Tokyo at 1855, arriving back into Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1655 the same day.
The second daily will be operated using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 267 seats in three classes – business, premium economy and economy.
“With the most extensive route network, the broadest alliances and hubs in the largest US cities, United offers travellers more choices to more of the world than any other US airline,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman & chief revenue officer. “The new Taipei and Tokyo services strengthen our commitment to the Pacific, where United is already the leading US carrier, and to the San Francisco and Houston hubs.”
United’s Asian expansion will continue this summer, with the launch of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between San Francisco and Chengdu on 9 Jun 2014.