United Airlines, the airline with the most U.S.-China service, has made seats available for sale to its newest China destination, Xi’an.
The nonstop service will be the first trans-Pacific flights to Xi’an operated by any airline, and United will be the first U.S. airline to serve the city.
United intends to use the world’s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to operate the three-times-weekly service from San Francisco between May 8 and Oct. 27, 2016, subject to government approval.
United wishes to acknowledge the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of State and the Civil Aviation Administration of China for their forward-thinking negotiations to open nonstop flights from the United States to interior points in China, which make the Xi’an service possible.
The flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:35 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 at San Francisco International Airport at 6:35 a.m. the same days. Flight times will be approximately 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 5 minutes eastbound.
Customers may visit united.com to book the new flights.