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United Airlines Resumes Nonstop Service Between San Francisco and Shanghai
Four times weekly flights no longer require stop and crew change in Seoul, South Korea

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2020
-- United Airlines today announced it will start nonstop service to China four-times weekly between San Francisco and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport. Beginning Oct. 21, 2020, United will operate four weekly nonstop flights with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Customers traveling from Shanghai will return to San Francisco on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are available for purchase on united.com and the United mobile app.

United will continue operating four weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai and beginning October 21, will no longer be required to stop in Seoul. United offered more service to China than any other U.S. carrier prior to suspending service in February due to COVID-19. In 2019, United operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/Newark.

"United continues playing a critical role in keeping people and global supply chains connected to Shanghai and to cities around the world," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network and Alliances. "We look forward to resuming nonstop service and offering our customers greater convenience and shorter flight times between San Francisco and Shanghai."



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Old Jun 26, 20, 10:56 am
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UA starting SFO-ICN-PVG 8 July,4x weekly starting 4 Sept,Nonstop starting 21 Oct 2020

Multiple news media sources have reported this morning UA will starts SFO-ICN-PVG on July 8th (Wednesday) and the second weekly flight will be July 11 (Saturday).

Return flight will be a day later (Thursday and Sunday).

Let’s keep discussion in this thread focusing on the restart the UA services to PVG and not about US- China aviation restrictions, which is discussed here: Trump administration bans China passenger planes effective June 16

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Where do you see the ICN stopover. All the reports I've read say it is a nonstop.

Delta is the one that is doing the ICN stopover.
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Old Jun 26, 20, 11:29 am
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Where do you see the ICN stopover. All the reports I've read say it is a nonstop.

Delta is the one that is doing the ICN stopover.
It's just for a required crew change. DL is doing the same drill.
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Old Jun 26, 20, 11:34 am
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United Airlines Resuming Service Between San Francisco and Shanghai
New flight will connect U.S. West Coast and more than 30 cities to Shanghai beginning July 8

CHICAGO, June 26, 2020
-- United Airlines announced today it will resume service to China with twice-weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport via Seoul's Incheon International Airport beginning July 8, 2020. United will operate service with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Customers traveling from Shanghai will return to San Francisco on Thursdays and Sundays.

"United's service to mainland China has been a point of pride for our employees and customers for more than 30 years," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network and Alliances. "Resuming service to Shanghai from the United States is a significant step in rebuilding our international network."



Prior to suspending service to Shanghai in February due to COVID-19, United was the largest U.S. carrier serving China and operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/Newark and has served Shanghai for more than 30 years. In July, across the Pacific, United will also reinstate service between Chicago and Tokyo with the addition of new service to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Additionally, United will resume service to Seoul; restart service to Hong Kong and will fly to Singapore via a stop at Hong Kong.
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It is not bookable yet.
I am trying to see if I can get onto the first flight on July 8
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It is not bookable yet.
I am trying to see if I can get onto the first flight on July 8
Did you manage to get your visa sorted out yet?
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Did you manage to get your visa sorted out yet?
Yes, I am getting a visa with 90-day validity to allow time to look for flights within the 90-day period.
They were issuing visas with 30-day validity, but unfortunately many had to let them expire due to unable to find flights to China and many countries also ban transit.
Hopefully, I will find something within the 90-day period. DL seemed to sold out all its flights in the next a few weeks.
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It is not bookable yet.
I am trying to see if I can get onto the first flight on July 8
I highly doubt it. Flights to China are in extreme high demand.
The earliest availability I find on UA (Wed/Sat UA857) is late September, and on DL is October.
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Originally Posted by Infinite1K View Post
Where do you see the ICN stopover. All the reports I've read say it is a nonstop.

Delta is the one that is doing the ICN stopover.
The flight schedule indicates there should be a technical stop. If SFO-PVG non-stop departed at 11AM, it would arrive at 3pm-ish the next day.
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The flight schedule indicates there should be a technical stop. If SFO-PVG non-stop departed at 11AM, it would arrive at 3pm-ish the next day.
It is so that the crew don't need to stay in Shanghai.
If what DL does is an indication, passengers won't get off the plane at ICN. And SFO-ICN and ICN-PVG won't be sold separately.
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It is so that the crew don't need to stay in Shanghai.
If what DL does is an indication, passengers won't get off the plane at ICN. And SFO-ICN and ICN-PVG won't be sold separately.
To protect the crew. China's rules require COVID testing for every layover crew and if one tests positive, the whole crew is taken to an 'undisclosed quarantine location' for 2 weeks. UA isn't going to let that happen to its employees, so new crew in ICN flies to PVG and back without a layover.
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
It's just for a required crew change. DL is doing the same drill.
Hmm, nice of United to disclose that

Originally Posted by blug View Post
It is so that the crew don't need to stay in Shanghai.
If what DL does is an indication, passengers won't get off the plane at ICN. And SFO-ICN and ICN-PVG won't be sold separately.
Given the same day turn at PVG, thought they might be double-crewing it. But it sounds like they are doing the Tech Stop in Seoul.

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I highly doubt it. Flights to China are in extreme high demand.
The earliest availability I find on UA (Wed/Sat UA857) is late September, and on DL is October.
I know. It has been well reported.
Rather than wasting more time using United.com and United App, I called GS agent and she made a few calls, and I am told to call back on Monday as 857/858 (scheduled for the next a few weeks) have been locked by inventory management from bookings. United.Com and United App are still showing the direct flights based on the old schedule.

Sometimes, the best way is to call. I may be still challenged to get seats on the flights scheduled in the first a few weeks, but at least speaking to GS agent provided me with some comfort that the flights are under the control of inventory manage and there is still a hope......
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To protect the crew. China's rules require COVID testing for every layover crew and if one tests positive, the whole crew is taken to an 'undisclosed quarantine location' for 2 weeks. UA isn't going to let that happen to its employees, so new crew in ICN flies to PVG and back without a layover.
I'm surprised that South Korea is allowing UA to do this. If any of the SFO-ICN layover crew test positive, wouldn't South Korea do exactly the same thing though?
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Old Jun 26, 20, 9:10 pm
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Hmm, nice of United to disclose that


Given the same day turn at PVG, thought they might be double-crewing it. But it sounds like they are doing the Tech Stop in Seoul.
The link in post 4 is an official announcement from United, and the ICN stop is clearly disclosed there.
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