Plane's engine spits fire after bird strike

United Airlines has confirmed its plan to launch 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore.

The flight would be over 300 miles farther than the current longest USA airline route, United's year-old flight from San Francisco to Singapore.

According to the FAA, pilots onboard United Airlines flight 1738, a Boeing 737, reported a bird strike on the aircraft's number 2 engine.

The return flight, UA 37, will depart Los Angeles at 8.55pm daily, arriving in Singapore at 6.50am two days later, with a flight time of about 18hr.

Customers flying United's service between Singapore and Los Angeles will be able to save up to almost two hours' journey time each way, as compared with the current United schedule via San Francisco, the airline added. This surpasses United's existing service between San Francisco International Airport and Singapore which started past year.

The airline was able to switch passengers to another plane and the flight departed Chicago again at 10:40 a.m. Benson said the airline will reach out to customers "to compensate them for the inconvenience". As a result of this investment, customers are enjoying new state-of-the-art ticketing lobby, gate and bag areas, employee areas, and a brand new United Club lounge.

Arnold said the "landing was rough due to the failure, but the pilot got us back safe and fire trucks were on scene to handle the engine". "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. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and seat-back monitor delivering a personal on-demand entertainment system.

  • Zachary Reyes