United Airlines launches first-ever nonstop service between U.S. and Chengdu

Updated: 2014-06-10
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United Airlines has become the first US carrier to directly connect its San Francisco’s hub with China’s fourth largest city.
Operated by a 787 and flown three-times weekly, Chengdu is the ninth destination United serves in Asia-Pacific non-stop from San Francisco.

From its San Francisco hub, the airline offers more direct trans-Pacific flights from the US than any other airline.

It not only becomes the first US carrier to serve Chengdu, but also the first to fly non-stop from the US to mainland China – beyond Beijing and Shanghai.

United’s SVP of worldwide sales, Dave Hilfman, said: “With more than 250 of the Fortune 500 companies located in the area, and as home to the giant panda and Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu will be a popular destination for both business and leisure travellers.”

The capital of Sichuan province, in recent years Chengdu has been one of China’s fastest developing cities economically.

United started non-stop service to mainland China in 1986 and serves cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The airline recently announced it would add new twice-weekly service between Guam and Shanghai beginning October 28.
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