I wrote some time ago about United’s desires to solidify LAX as a mainline hub and win some of the market that it had given up some years ago there. That announcement from Scott Kirby came as United was in the process of launching several new initiatives (e.g. Polaris, domestic expansion like SFO and ORD, revamped transcontinental service and likely future premium economy product, Dr. Dao’s 10, etc). I debated on whether United was trying to do too much at the same time. Regardless of the answer to that question one thing’s for sure: United is committed to its plan, and now they’ve unveiled new service between LAX and SIN. Besides, I’m not caring so much right now as I enjoy a hot mint tea in the Merzouga desert in Morocco.
Here’s an excerpt of the official news release:
United Airlines (UAL) today announced that it will introduce daily nonstop flights between its Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) hub and Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN), effective Oct. 27, 2017 (westbound), subject to government approval. The flight between LAX and SIN will set the new distance record for any airline operating a flight to or from the United States, at 8,700 miles.
United’s existing service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and SIN started one year ago, June 1, 2016 and holds the current record for the longest scheduled 787 flight operated by any airline and is currently the longest scheduled flight operated by any U.S. carrier, at 8,446 miles. The airline will operate both routes with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
“Whether our customers are on leisure or business travel, United is making travel to Singapore easier and even more convenient than ever before and customers arriving to Los Angeles will have multiple opportunities to connect to hundreds of United destinations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” said Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales. “Our commitment to our Los Angeles hub is more than 50 years strong and with today’s new Singapore service announcement, we continue to strengthen our position as the leading U.S. carrier to Asia.”
It’s great to see United playing hardball and leading both American and Delta in Asia.