Big news for West Coasters who want to get to Europe without a transfer: United Airlines has launched daily nonstop service from San Francisco to Paris, bringing Bay Area travelers directly to the City of Light and strengthening the airline's largest West Coast hub.
John Slater, United's vice president of sales - Americas, said that the airline's customers "value convenient, nonstop service to top business and leisure destinations throughout the globe," and Joe D'Allesandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, said that "France is one of San Francisco's most important and fastest growing international markets...This new service will increase our competitiveness and give potential visitors a new option to visit California."
Flight 990 departs San Francisco daily at 2:45 p.m. and arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 10:45 a.m. the next day. For the return, flight 991 departs Paris at 10:05 a.m. and arrives in San Francisco at 1 p.m. the same day. (All times are local.)
United operates this new service with Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which have 30 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst, 49 seats in United Economy Plus and 135 seats in United Economy. The BusinessFirst cabin includes 15.4-inch touchscreen monitors for personal on-demand entertainment, electrical and USB outlets, iPod jacks and five-course meals with fine wines. Seats in Economy Plus offer customers more legroom to stretch out and relax. Each seat in United Economy has a 9-inch touchscreen with personal on-demand entertainment, and all rows include access to electrical outlets.
San Francisco is United's largest West Coast hub. With approximately 9,000 employees in the Bay Area, United offers nearly 300 flights a day from San Francisco International Airport, more than any other airline, including nearly 30 daily nonstop flights to more than 15 international destinations.