United Airlines has 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 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.
United’s service between San Francisco and Hangzhou will have amenities and services designed for Chinese customers, including:
- Mandarin-speaking flight attendants
- Personalized inflight entertainment options, including Chinese-language services
- A wide selection of inflight meals and beverages, including Chinese-style cuisine
United’s service to Hangzhou offers customers 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.
United has timed the Hangzhou flights to connect at San Francisco with a 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.
The Boeing 787-9 aircraft operating the new San Francisco-Hangzhou service will feature a total of 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.