New service to Singapore will be the longest nonstop flight from the U.S. // © 2017 Getty Images
United Airlines has announced it will offer daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Singapore’s Changi Airport. The 15- to 18-hour flight (depending on direction) will be available beginning Oct. 27. It will be the longest scheduled nonstop flight to or from the U.S.
Why It Matters:
The introduction of this new route brings great news for both Western U.S.-based travel advisors and their clients, as many tour operators are reporting a strong interest in tourism to Asia this year. And in addition to establishing a convenient option to meet this growing demand, the announcement shows a strong vote of confidence in Los Angeles International Airport — which is currently undergoing a multiyear enhancement — as a viable and globally recognized travel hub.
- The record-breaking flight will cover 8,700 miles.
- Service will begin one year after the airline introduced its route between San Francisco International Airport and Singapore (which covers 8,446 miles).
- Passengers on this route will fly on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
- The outbound flight to Singapore will depart Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 8:55 p.m. daily, and it will arrive in Singapore at 6:50 a.m. two days later (local times). The return flight will depart from Singapore at 11 a.m. and arrive back to LAX at 10:15 a.m. the same day.
- United operates more than 130 flights to more than 40 U.S. airports from LAX. Over the past two years, the airline has invested more than $570 million into LAX renovations.
What They Are Saying:
“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.”