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United to Operate New Route in Battle for World’s Longest Flights

United Airlines service to Singapore will be the longest service operated by an American carrier.

Flyers will once again be able to travel direct from the United States to Singapore beginning in the summer of 2016. In a press release, United Airlines announced the launch of direct flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

Starting on June 1, United Airlines Flight 1 will depart from SFO at 11:25 p.m. Pacific Time, with an anticipated flight time of over 16 hours. United Airlines Flight 2 will return from SIN to SFO at 9:15 a.m. Pacific Time, with a scheduled flying time of over 15 hours. The pair will be the only non-stop service from the United States to Singapore, taking the place of those previously operated by Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines.

The service will be completed utilizing the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. When service begins, the route will have the distinction as the longest 787 flight worldwide, as well as the longest scheduled flights operated by an American carrier.

“We are very excited about introducing nonstop flights between San Francisco and Singapore,” said Marcel Fuchs, vice president of Atlantic and Pacific sales at United, said in the press release. “This long-awaited service has been made possible by the newest version of our customer-pleasing Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and will offer unique benefits to customers traveling between our West Coast hub at San Francisco and Singapore.”

The newly established route will become the fourth new direct destination for United out of the SFO hub in 2016. The legacy carrier will also introduce new service this year to Auckland Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Israel, and Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China.

Although United is currently the only carrier with plans to fly direct to the Asian city-state, Singapore Airlines may not be far behind. In 2015, the carrier announced they would investigate options to resume direct flights to the United States.

Emirates is slated to operate the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight with direct service to Panama (8,590 miles), stripping Qantas’s Sydney-Dallas route of the title by 10 miles, while United’s SFO-SIN flight comes in just shy of the record at 8,446 miles.

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MtlChris February 2, 2016

It's funny because both the article and the hate commenters are wrong. Longest flight in the world is the new DXB-AKL, operating starting next month.

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djjaguar64 February 1, 2016

Oh Boy, I sure do look forward to cranky grannies working this route!!!

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bevotex February 1, 2016

In defense of Joe Cortez, if you more carefully read the article , he says "longest flight by an American carrier".

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bnarayan1511 January 31, 2016

Not really sure if you even read the article... First of all, the headline says "United to Operate New Route in Battle for World’s Longest Flights" World's Longest Flights. Plural. As in, a collection of long flights. Like "America's Funniest Home Videos." Doesn't mean every single video is the funniest one, just that the compilation together are among the funniest. Secondly, the opening sentence says "United Airlines service to Singapore will be the longest service operated by an American carrier." Clearly acknowledging that this is not the "world's longest flight," just the longest one flown by an American carrier. Thirdly, the last paragraph very clearly talks about the DFW-SYD and the DXB-PTY routes. Lastly, though you are correct that a flight is "direct" as long as it has the same flight number regardless of the number of stops, almost any casual reader will interpret "direct" as "nonstop." I don't really have an issue with the language since it is quite obvious what the author's intent was. So, unless the author changed the story in response to your comment (in which case I do apologize), I think it's quite a stretch and a bit rude to call this sloppy reporting.

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weero January 30, 2016

UA can compete on a route like SIN-HKG where they are able to charge half of SQ's fare. But on SIN-SFO, how would that work? Who'd open a route where fares a capped by competition to begin with?