Yesterday, United Airlines announced that it would add daily non-stop flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Singapore, with the first flight from LAX departing on 27 October 2017; the return service will start two days later. This route was last served non-stop in October 2012, with 5x weekly flights by Singapore Airlines using Airbus A340-500 aircraft configured in an all-business-class configuration with 100 seats. United will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with 252 seats, 48 in United Polaris business class and 204 in economy class. At the same time, United will drop service from Hong Kong to Singapore.
The announcement came on the first anniversary of United's non-stop service from San Francisco to Singapore, also using a 787-9. Singapore Airlines subsequently added competing service last October using the Airbus A350-900. United dropped service between Tokyo and Singapore with the start of the San Francisco route.
The new flight will be the longest scheduled flight from the United States at 8,770 miles (14,113 km), surpassing the United and Singapore flights from San Francisco which are 8,446 miles (13,593 km) long. These flights are still well short of Singapore's former flights to/from Newark which covered 9,534 mi (15,344 km). United is unlikely to revive the Newark-Singapore route since it significantly exceeds the 8,786 miles (14,140 km) range of the 787-9, currently United's longest-range aircraft.
Schedules for non-stop flights between California and Singapore:
|UA 37||LAX||8:55 pm||SIN||6:50 am||+2||17:55|
|UA 38||SIN||11:00 am||LAX||10:15 am||15:15|
|UA 1||SFO||10:50 pm||SIN||6:15 am||+2||16:25|
|UA 2||SIN||8:45 am||SFO||9:15 am||15:30|
|SQ 31||SFO||11:30 am||SIN||7:00 pm||+1||16:30|
|SQ 32||SIN||9:25 am||SFO||9:40 am||15:15|
Today's Featured Map shows the two routes between California and Singapore, plus United's two intra-Asia flights to Singapore that have been or will be replaced by the new flights.
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