United starts new 787 dreamliner route to Xi’an, China

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May 09, 2016: United Airlines continues to expand the number of cities it serves in interior China with the launch of new nonstop flights to Xi'an on May 8.

United will use the world's most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to operate the three-times-weekly service during the peak travel period between May 8 and October 27, 2016 (westbound).

The flights from United's Asia-Pacific gateway in San Francisco will be the first trans-Pacific service to Xi'an operated by any airline, and United will be the first US airline to serve the city, a destination for commerce and tourism in the central region of China.

At the eastern end of the Silk Road, and with a population of more than 8 million, Xi'an is an important cultural, economic and educational center with facilities for research and development and China's space exploration program. The plains surrounding Xi'an are home to the famed Terracotta Warriors, thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

"United operates more nonstop US-China flights, and to more cities in China, than any other airline and we expect the addition of flights to Xi'an to continue to create opportunities for trade and collaboration between our two countries throughout the US-China Tourism Year and long into the future," said Marcel Fuchs, United's vice president of Atlantic and Pacific sales.

In addition, United will begin new nonstop service between San Francisco and Hangzhou on July 13, 2016.

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