CHICAGO, IL – 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 one of the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft, the 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 14th 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 customer-favorite 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.”
United’s service between San Francisco and Hangzhou will feature amenities and services designed for Chinese customers, including:
• Mandarin-speaking flight attendants;
• Personalized inflight entertainment options, including Chinese-language services; and
• A wide selection of inflight meals and beverages, including Chinese-style cuisine.
“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.”
United’s service to Hangzhou offers business and leisure customers convenient options for travel to Shanghai and China’s central coast. Located approximately 102 miles southwest of Shanghai, customers arriving in Hangzhou can access several options for rail, bus and car travel to Shanghai.
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.
The Hangzhou-San Francisco flights will be available to book at a later date.
Convenient Connecting Flights
United has timed the Hangzhou flights to connect conveniently at San Francisco with an extensive network of service throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. United operates more than 260 flights daily from San Francisco to more than 90 destinations throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 69 served non-stop.