The carrier has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to commence a new seasonal service direct from San Francisco to the historic Chinese city. If approved, this will be the first trans-Pacific service to Xi’an operated by any airline, and United will become the first US airline to serve the city.
United intends to operate the route using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
“We are excited by the prospect of adding the first trans-Pacific Xi’an service to United’s global route network,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman & chief revenue officer. “Assuming our application is approved, United customers will have unique nonstop flights to one of China’s most vibrant cities, with fast and easy connections to destinations throughout the Americas from our San Francisco hub.”
If approved, flights would depart San Francisco every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1325, arriving in Xi’an at 1730 the following day. The return flights will then depart Shanxi’s provincial capital every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1030, and arrive back in San Francisco at 0735 the same day, having crossed the International Date Line.
United currently has 19 B787 Dreamliners in its fleet and expects to take delivery of six more by the end of 2015.