United Airlines hits Silk Road with new route

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United Airlines has continued to expand its operations in China with the launch of its first direct service to Xi’an, the country’s former capital and ancient Silk Road city.

The first flight took off on 8 May 2016 and United will now operate the route three times a week. Services will depart San Francisco International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1325 and arrive at Xi’an’s Xianyang International Airport at 1730 the following day. The return flights will then leave Xi’an every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 0930 and arrive back in San Francisco at 0635 the same day.

United's Boeing 787 Dreamliner (credit: Nieuwland)
United’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (credit: Nieuwland)

United will deploy its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on the route.

“United is celebrating our 30th anniversary of service linking the US and China this year and there couldn’t be a better way to honour our proud and long-standing relationship than by being the first airline to offer customers nonstop trans-Pacific service to Xi’an,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s vice president of Atlantic & Pacific sales.

“United operates more nonstop US-China flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline and we expect the addition of flights to Xi’an to continue to create opportunities for trade and collaboration between our two countries throughout the US-China Tourism Year and long into the future.”

United now operates 96 weekly flights between the US and China, including flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu and now Xi’an. And the airline will continue to grow is Chinese network this summer with the launch of direct flights between San Francisco and Hangzhou on 13 July 2016.

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