United will become the only carrier serving the Los Angeles to Singapore market after Singapore Airlines pulled off the route in 2013.
United Airlines will be launching daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles on Oct 27, said the airlines in a statement on Thursday (June 1).
From Oct 29 this year, United Airlines will have daily non-stop flights between Singapore's Changi Airport and the Los Angeles International Airport, the airline announced on Friday (June 2). This surpasses United's existing service between San Francisco International Airport and Singapore which started past year.
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which has a published maximum range of about 8786 miles, just higher than the estimated distance for this flight. The return flight, UA37, will depart Los Angeles at 8.55pm daily, arriving in Singapore at 6.50am two days later (all times local). UA will cease its service between Singapore and Hong Kong once it launches the direct service to LA.More news: Kinder's Canada Woes Deepen With Pipeline Foes on Brink of Power
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The longest current USA flight is Qantas' 8,578-mile trip between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, Australia.
Customers flying United's service between Singapore and Los Angeles will be able to save up to almost two hours' journey time each way, as compared with the current United schedule via San Francisco, the airline added.
Singapore Airlines is also planning to re-introduce direct flights to NY and Los Angeles in 2018, using Airbus's ultra-long-range variation of the A350. It also revealed plans to bring back the Singapore to Los Angeles flight in 2018 when a new variant of the A350-900 aircrafts will begin operations.