United says new LA-Singapore route will be longest from US

United Airlines Boeing 787-9

United Airlines Boeing 787-9

United Airlines, most recently known for forcefully injuring and dragging a passenger from his seat in order to accommodate crew members on a flight, is launching a daily non-stop flight between Singapore and Los Angeles.

"It's the longest route from the U.S. to anywhere in the world", Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of global planning told USA Today.

Currently, Australian airline Qantas operates the longest nonstop flight from Sydney to Dallas covering a distance of 8,576 miles.

With the launch of the Singapore-Los Angeles service, United will terminate its Hong Kong to Singapore flight on Oct 27, and from Singapore to Hong Kong on Oct 28.

At 8,700 miles, Los Angeles-Singapore would become the third-longest flight in the world as well as the longest United States of America origination flight and the longest Boeing 787 flight.

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The airline reported the daily flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Changi Airport will start October 27, pending government approval. A flight from LA to Singapore will take 18 hours, while the journey from here to there will take 15.

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. "United's daily nonstop flight to Singapore will further strengthen LA's cultural and economic relationship with Singapore", she added. United Polaris business class, a reinvention of the airline's worldwide premium cabin travel experience, offers elevated comfort and service for a restful night's sleep in the air. "We'll get right back to you", the pilot told air traffic control.

The Boeing 787-9 has the longest range among Boeing's 787 family. United will continue to operate daily service between SIN and SFO.

United Flight 1738 departed O'Hare International Airport for Miami, officials said. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers.

On the San Francisco-Singapore route, about 70% of the traffic originates in the US, which is unsurprising since Singapore Airlines also operates between the two cities, utilizing an Airbus A350. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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