United Airlines launches daily non-stop flight between Singapore and Los Angeles

United Airlines began daily direct flights between Singapore and Los Angeles on Oct 29, 2017.
United Airlines began daily direct flights between Singapore and Los Angeles on Oct 29, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - United Airlines launched its daily direct flights between Singapore and Los Angeles on Sunday (Oct 29), in a move the airline said will allow passengers to save nearly two hours of journey time each way.

Based on local times, flight UA38 will depart Changi Airport at 11am, and arrive at Los Angeles at 11.15am the same day.

The returning flight, UA37, will depart Los Angeles at 9.25pm and arrive in Singapore at 6.20am two days later.

Flight times are about 15 hours and 18 hours respectively.

At more than 14,000km, the flight is the longest scheduled non-stop flight to or from the US, said United in a statement on Sunday.


(From left) Crew members of United Airlines; Mr Patrick Quayle, vice-president of 
International Network, United Airlines (sixth from left); Mr Marcel Fuchs, vice-president of Atlantic & Pacific 
Sales, United Airlines; Ms Stephanie Syptak
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Ramnath, charge d’affaires ad interim of the US Embassy in Singapore; Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group; captains and crews of United Airlines; Mr Laurence Chin, country manager at United Airlines 
Singapore. PHOTO: UNITED AIRLINES

The American airline is the only airline operating a direct flight between Singapore and Los Angeles.

The inaugural flight marks the return of the long-haul route for travellers, about a decade after Singapore Airlines stopped operating the route for commercial reasons.

Passengers of the inaugural flight departing Changi Airport were greeted by iconic Hollywood celebrity impersonators and invited to participate in a cake-cutting ceremony.

The celebration was attended by CEO of Changi Airport Group Lee Seow Hiang, and Ms Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, the charge d'affaires at the US Embassy of Singapore.