Earlier today, United Airlines announced that it will begin daily, nonstop flights from its hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). Assuming the airline gets government approval, they plan to start flying the route on October 27 of this year. The new route will set a record for the longest flight for any airline into or out of the United States, at 8,700 miles (or 14,000 kilometers), slightly longer than United’s flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Singapore (SFO to SIN is 8,446 miles).
Prior to United’s expansion of Singapore operations, Singapore Airlines operated non-stop flights to SIN from New York and LAX until 2013, when both routes were dropped by the airline. Since, then flying from LAX to SIN again has been constantly considered by the airline. In 2016, Singapore Airlines announced plans to bring back the LAX-SIN route in 2018 when new A350-900ULR aircraft began operations with the airline.
United plans to use Boeing 787-9 aircraft on the route. The planes have 252 seats, including 48 business class seats and 204 economy seats, 88 of which are economy plus. Westbound flights will last about 17 hours 55 minutes. Eastbound flights will last about 15 hours 15 minutes. United plans to operate flights daily.
“Whether our customers are on leisure or business travel, United is making travel to Singapore easier and even more convenient than ever before and customers arriving to Los Angeles will have multiple opportunities to connect to hundreds of United destinations in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America,” said Dave Hilfman, Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales at United.
Over the past two years, United has focused on making LAX one of its most important hubs. The carrier has invested at least $570 million for renovations at the airport to provide its customers with unmatched comfort and convenience, with additions including new ticking areas, new gates, new bag areas, and improved crew centers. LAX connects United passengers to 40 U.S. airports, Latin American destinations, and four Asia-Pacific cities. It also gives United more nonstop flights to the Hawaiian Islands than any other airline.
“We are proud that United Airlines will set a new record for the longest nonstop route by a domestic carrier right here at LAX,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. “This historic route to Singapore will bring more flights, tourists, and economic growth to Los Angeles. United’s daily nonstop flight to Singapore will further strengthen L.A.’s cultural and economic relationship with Singapore.”
United’s flight from SIN to LAX is timed to allow passengers to connect to various United destinations from LAX.After inaugurating the new service, United plans to terminate service between Hong Kong and Singapore, which is currently served as an extension of United’s Chicago – Hong Kong route. The airline will still operate flights between SFO and SIN.
UA37 Los Angeles 8:55pm Departure –> Singapore 6:50am (+2) Arrival
UA38 Singapore 11:00am Departure –> Los Angeles 10:15am Arrival
*All flights are served daily; all times are local