United Airlines Planning 787 Service to Chengdu, China

United Airlines today applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin nonstop service linking the airline’s San Francisco hub with Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city, effective June 9, 2014.

If approved for the route, United plans to fly it with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplanes, the state-of-the-art new aircraft debuted in 2012.

The proposed flights, subject to government approval, will depart San Francisco International Airport (SFO) at 1:35 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) at 6:50 p.m. the following day (all times local). Service from Chengdu will depart at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 8:50 a.m. the same day.

The San Francisco – Chengdu route was announced at a press conference in Chengdu on Aug. 29. (Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency)

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