United Airlines today announced that it will introduce three-times-weekly nonstop flights between its West Coast Asia/Pacific hub at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) in China, beginning July 13, 2016 (westbound), subject to government approval. United will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to operate the service.
Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, will be the fifth mainland China city that United serves and the 14(th) Asia/Pacific destination the airline serves from San Francisco. With 30 years of service to China, United operates more nonstop U.S.-China flights to more cities in China than any other U.S. airline, and offers more trans-Pacific flights to more cities from San Francisco than any airline offers at competing hub airports.
“We look forward to welcoming Hangzhou to our global route network using the 787-9 Dreamliner,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “We will offer customers unique nonstop flights between the West Coast and one of China’s fastest-growing travel markets. Additionally, customers traveling from China to the U.S. will find convenient, easy connections at our San Francisco hub to many U.S. business centers and leisure destinations.”
“At United, we want to be the airline that our Chinese customers choose first,” said Eliza Lin, United’s director of Sales for Eastern China. “We are bringing our customers in China and the U.S. the choice, comfort and convenience they deserve, and our growing trans-Pacific network offers customers more ways to travel between the U.S. and China.”
UA 982 will depart San Francisco at 2:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Hangzhou at 6:10 p.m. the following day (all times local). Flight time will be 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound. The return flight, UA 983, will depart Hangzhou at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at San Francisco at 8:25 a.m. the same day (all times local). Flight time will be 11 hours, 55 minutes eastbound.