United says new LA-Singapore route will be longest from US

The longest current USA flight is Qantas' 8,578-mile trip between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, Australia.

United will fly the daily Los Angeles-Singapore route with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Customers departing on the inaugural flight from Singapore were treated to a medley of song performances and an assortment of Swedish themed refreshments at a special boarding gate event just before their flight. In the fall, the airline plans to add an 8,700-mile route connecting Los Angeles and Singapore.

The return flight, UA 38, will depart Singapore's Changi Airport at 11.00am daily, arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 10.15am the same day.

Among flights that don't touch the U.S., Qatar Airways flies a 9,032-mile route between its hub in Doha and Auckland, New Zealand.

United operates more than 130 flights to over 40 airports across the US. 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.

The decision to add another route from L.A.to Singapore only improves United's presence in the Pacific.

"We are proud that United Airlines will set a new record for the longest nonstop route by a domestic carrier right here at LAX".

The announcement of this route also comes as Singapore Airlines inches closer to receiving their first Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft, which they had originally meant to use to restart mainland U.S.to Singapore routes in 2018. The aircraft will have 252 seats, including 48 Polaris business-class seats and 88 Economy Plus seats, which offer extra legroom at the front of the economy cabin. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and seat-back monitor delivering a personal on-demand entertainment system.

Currently, United operates daily non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco, and has provided the service for more than 30 years.

The new flight destination is also part of the joint venture between SIA and Star Alliance partner Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) that took effect in 2013 covering flights between Scandinavia and Singapore.

  • Zachary Reyes