United Airlines on June 1 plans to begin flying nonstop
from San Francisco to Singapore, pending regulatory approval.
The service would become the longest nonstop route
offered by any U.S. carrier, United said, and the lone nonstop flight between
the U.S. and Singapore.
United will use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to cover the
"This long-awaited service has been made possible by
the newest version of our customer-pleasing Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and will
offer unique benefits to customers traveling between our West Coast hub at San
Francisco and Singapore," said Marcel Fuchs, United's vice president of
Atlantic and Pacific sales.
Last October, Singapore Airlines said that it plans to
resume nonstop service to the New York area and to Los Angeles in 2018. The
carrier discontinued routes from Singapore to LAX and Newark in 2013. It will
fly the routes again once it takes delivery of Airbus A350-900ULRs aircraft.
At 9,500 miles, the airline's Newark-Singapore route was
the longest in the world.
United's San Francisco-Singapore flight will have 252
seats, including 48 in business class and 88 in Economy Plus. It will overtake
Delta's Atlanta-Johannesburg flight as the longest offered by a U.S. airline,
according to USA Today. Once it begins the service, United will discontinue its
flight between Tokyo and Singapore.
The longest existing regularly scheduled plane service is
Qantas' 8,578-mile flight from Dallas to Sydney, which takes 17 hours. Emirates
will best that in February with the commencement of Dubai-Panama City service.