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Direct Flight from Chengdu to San Francisco in June, 2014

  On August 29, United Airlines held a press conference, announcing to open a direct international flight route between Chengdu and San Francisco on June 11, 2014. By then, Chengdu will become the fourth city in China, next to Bejing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, to have a direct flight to United States, with the one-way flight journey of about 14 hours.

  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is planned to begin its flight at 10:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and arrive in San Francisco at 8:50 a.m. San Francisco Time at the same day. The flight will return at 13:35 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from San Francisco International Airport and arrive in Chengdu at 6:50 p.m. the next day by Beijing Time. Since there are more than 300 flights from San Francisco International Airport by United Airlines, it will be much convenient for passengers to transfer to North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

  United Airlines will be the first American airline to serve in Chengdu. At present, United Airlines have the most direct flight routes to Central America and the most departing cities in China. Relevant officials indicated that there would be 219 seats, including 183 economy class seats, of which 70 seats were more spacious and luxurious. The flight would also provide special serves for Chinese passengers, such as Chinese entertainment and food, and be equipped with crew who could speak Chinese. “After arriving at San Francisco International Airport, passengers could transfer to fights to other cities in 30 minutes. It is much more convenient.” Relevant officials in Chengdu Logistics Office said that currently the flight was under approval. The ticket price was not revealed yet. 

  Currently, there have been 30 direct international flights in Chengdu, including 21 passenger routes and 9 freight routes.

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