United Airlines continues to expand the number of cities it serves in interior China with the recent launch of new nonstop flights to Xi’an. The flights from San Francisco will be the first trans-Pacific service to Xi’an operated by any airline, and United will be the first U.S. airline to serve the city, a destination for commerce and tourism in the central region of China.
United will use the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to operate the three-times-weekly service. The flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:25 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Xi’an at 5:30 p.m. the following days (all times local). The return flights will depart Xi’an’s Xianyang International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive in San Francisco at 6:35 a.m. the same days. United has 96 weekly departures to China, serving Beijing (nonstop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles); Shanghai (nonstop flights from Chicago, Guam, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco); Chengdu (nonstop flights from San Francisco) and Hong Kong (nonstop flights from Chicago, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Singapore).
In addition, United will begin new nonstop service between San Francisco and Hangzhou on July 13, 2016.