On 8 May United Airlines launched services between San Francisco and Xi’an, a route which was announced on 16 February. Seen pictured at the announcement are: Charles Schuler, Director of Communications and Marketing, San Francisco Airport; Marcel Fuchs, VP Atlantic and Pacific Sales, United Airlines; Kay Ikawa, MD Asia/Pacific Sales, United Airlines; and Mark Chandler, Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce.
On the day of the launch a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at San Francisco Airport to officially inaugurate the route. Flights will operate thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) onboard the Star Alliance member’s 787-8 fleet.
- United Airlines commenced services on its latest long-haul route on 8 May in the form of a thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) service between San Francisco (SFO) and Xi’an (XIY). The 10,416-kilometre sector will be served by the Star Alliance member’s 787-8 fleet. “United is celebrating its 30-year anniversary of services linking the US and China this year, and there couldn’t be a better way to honour our proud and long-standing relationship than by being the first airline to offer customers non-stop transpacific service to Xi’an,” said Marcel Fuchs, VP for Atlantic and Pacific Sales, United. “United operates more non-stop US – China flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline and we expect the addition of flights to Xi’an to continue to create opportunities for trade and collaboration between our two countries long into the future.” The seasonal service will run until 27 October facing no incumbents. The carrier launched a second new service from San Francisco during the past week, with a daily connection to Nashville (BNA) on 5 May. The 3,161-kilometre route will be flown daily onboard the airline’s A319 fleet and faces no incumbents. According to OAG Schedules Analyser data for May, United will offer 84 destinations non-stop from San Francisco, with Xi’ian becoming the carrier’s fourth Chinese route from the Californian hub after Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai Pudong.