United Airlines: San Francisco To Singapore Nonstop Will Be Longest Route, Starting June 1st 2016.

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United Airlines has announced a new nonstop connection from San Francisco to Singapore which will become the airlines longest route, operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

UA SFO-SIN

The routes inaugural flight will take place on June 1st 2016 and spans over a distance of 8,446 miles, making it the longest route in United’s network.

Right now United offers the Singapore route through a connection in either Tokyo-Narita or Hong Kong, both of which are available ex San Francisco. They will eventually phase out the Tokyo-Singapore flight, leaving only the HKG-SIN connection which I myself don’t like at all due to the departure times.

Singapore Airlines competes on the SFO route but doesn’t fly nonstop, instead they have a brief stop at Hong Kong or Seoul respectively.

You find United Airlines announcement of their new route in their press release (access here).

United Airlines today announced that it will introduce daily nonstop flights between its San Francisco International Airport hub and Singapore’s Changi Airport, effective June 1, 2016 (westbound), subject to government approval. United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between San Francisco and Singapore, and this will be the only nonstop service to the U.S. from Singapore.

United will use the world’s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to operate the service.  Measured by distance, the San FranciscoSingapore service will be the longest scheduled 787 flight operated by any airline and the longest scheduled flight operated by any U.S. carrier, at 8,446 miles. …

Flight UA1 will depart San Francisco at 11:25 p.m. daily, arriving in Singapore at 6:45 a.m. two days later (all times local). The return flight, UA2, will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport at 8:45 a.m. daily, arriving at San Francisco International Airport at 9:15 a.m. the same day. Flying times will be approximately 15 hours, 30 minutes eastbound and 16 hours, 20 minutes westbound. …

With the launch of nonstop San FranciscoSingapore service, United will terminate service between Singapore and Tokyo/Narita effective June 2, 2016 (eastbound).  However, United customers in Singapore may continue to choose to fly to Tokyo/Narita by using daily flights on ANA, United’s trans-Pacific joint venture partner. …

The Boeing 787-9 aircraft operating the new San FranciscoSingapore service will feature a total of 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

This is going to be a long and painful trip if you book it in Economy Class. 16:20h nonstop sounds like pure torture.

Conclusion

I have done the west coast to Singapore nonstops many times when Singapore Airlines still had their nonstop connection to/from Los Angeles. However, that was Business Class only. If you don’t mind long flights and have the option to book Business Class you might want to have a look into these connections and the price difference between United and Singapore Airlines.

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