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United Airlines Inaugurates Singapore – Los Angeles Service

B787-9 CAL #181 ZB167 (United Airlines photo)

United Airlines launched nonstop Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 to Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 7 on 30 October 2017. It is the only airline that flies direct between Singapore and Los Angeles.

UA36 departs Singapore at 11 am and arrives in Los Angeles at 11.15am taking 15 hours 15 minutes. The return flight UA37 departs Los Angeles at 9.25pm and arrives in Singapore at 6.20am two days later taking a total flying time of 17 hours 55 minutes.

United also operates daily nonstop service to four Asia Pacific destinations including Melbourne, Tokyo/Narita, Shanghai and Sydney.

United Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The 787-9 Dreamliner is equipped with satellite Wi-Fi, and 252 seats with 48 United Polaris business class, 204 United Economy including 88 Economy Plus. Complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, beer and wine, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment are also available to passengers. United Economy Plus passengers enjoy up to five inches of extra legroom.

In June last year, the airline launched non-stop daily B787-9 Dreamliner service between Singapore and San Francisco. United Airlines was the first to launch direct non-stop service between Singapore and these two North American Cities.

United SIN-LAX Cake-cutting Ceremony-001

United SIN-LAX Cake-cutting Ceremony in Changi Airport (United Airlines photo)

Past United-operated Flights From Singapore

United used to operate daily flights between Singapore and Tokyo/Narita as well as very low fares for Singapore and Hong Kong. Flights to Tokyo/Narita from Changi Airport were discontinued in June last year after United launched non-stop flights to San Francisco. It also terminated its non-stop flights between Singapore and Hong Kong in October this year. You can still book flights between Singapore and Tokyo or Hong Kong on United.com but the flights are operated by its Star Alliance and codeshare partners All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air China, Asiana Airlines, EVA Airways or Thai Airways. All Nippon Airways is United’s trans-Pacific joint venture partner allowing customers from Singapore to make connections at Tokyo/Narita to US cities on multiple flights operated both by United and ANA.

United Mobile App Updated with New Features

United Mobile App

United Mobile App (United Airlines photo)

Passengers flying on United can download the airline’s mobile app to manage reservations on-the-go. It launched the newest version of the app allowing customers to change and cancel flights in the app, add MileagePlus and United Club cards to the Apple Wallet and access other tools. The app also allows customers to access boarding passes for 19 other carriers through its mobile app.

The following airline partners’ boarding passes are now accessible through the United app, with more partners to be added in the near future:

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EVA Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • SWISS
  • THAI Airways
  • Turkish Airlines

The airline recently launched a “Track my bags” beta in its app to allow customers to follow their bags throughout the critical points of their journey. This feature, I found rather useful when I flew on United’s competitor Delta two years ago.

 

Getting to Los Angeles With Other Airlines from Singapore

Singapore Airlines A350 aircraft at Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines A350 aircraft at Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines also launched non-stop services with its A350-900 between Singapore And San Francisco on 23 October 2016. This has been the airline’s longest flight. It will launch non stop Singapore – Los Angeles and Singapore – New York flights when it receives the new variant of the A350-900 ULR aircraft in 2018, as previously announced in 2015.  The new aircraft will be fitted with all-new cabin products which will be unveiled on 2 November 2017.

Singapore Airlines operates SQ12 between Singapore and Los Angeles via Narita with a total travel time of 18 hours 30 minutes or SQ8 via Seoul Incheon International with a total travel time of 19hours 45 minutes. The return flight SQ11 via Narita takes a total travel time of 20 hours 40 minutes while SQ7 takes a total travel time of 21 hours 55 minutes via Seoul.  Another alternative would be to fly Singapore Airlines’ non-stop flight to San Francisco and connect to Los Angeles on its codeshare partner Virgin America.

Other alternatives of getting to Los Angeles from Singapore with one connecting flight are available with Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, EVA Air, ANA, China Airlines, Xiamen, Korean Air and Philippine Airlines.

 

 

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Hong Kong – Los Angeles Flights 18 December 2017

Hong Kong Airlines to launch direct flights to Los Angeles, USA (Hong Kong Airlines photo)

Hong Kong Airlines to launch direct flights to Los Angeles, USA (Hong Kong Airlines photo)

Hong Kong Airlines will be launching non-stop flights with its Airbus A350 aircraft between Hong Kong and Los Angeles on 18 December this year. Flights with Economy and Business Class seats will be operated every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday till 15 January 2018. After which flights will be increased to daily. HX68 departs Hong Kong at 12.10am and arrives in Los Angeles at 8.55am. The return flight HX69 departs Los Angeles at 10.45 am and arrives in Hong Kong at 6.20pm the next day.

The Hong Kong – Los Angeles route is currently operated by Cathay Pacific with 3 daily flights and American Airlines with one daily flight.

 

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