SINGAPORE - The first non-stop flight between Singapore and San Francisco took off from Changi Airport on Friday (June 3), with travellers set to save up to four hours of travel time under the new United Airlines service.
The new ultra-long-haul flight - a 15 1/2- to 16-hour journey - is operated with the airline's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. At 13,592km, it is the longest commercial B-787 flight by any airline.
It is also the only non-stop service from Singapore to the United States at present.
United Airlines' Singapore-San Francisco flight will depart from Changi Airport at 8.45am daily, arriving at San Francisco International Airport at 9.15am (local time) the same day.
The westbound flight leaves San Francisco at 11.25pm daily, arriving in Singapore at 6.45 am two days later.
The American carrier said in a statement that customers can save up to four hours of journey time each way between the two cities, as compared to other flights operating with connections.
Mr Marcel Fuchs, United Airlines' vice president of Atlantic & Pacific Sales, said: "We are excited about the potential for increased travel between Singapore and San Francisco, two cities that continue to develop apace as centres of commercial activity and as popular leisure destinations."
Mr Blair Hall, deputy chief of mission of the US Embassy, added: "This year marks the 50th anniversary of Singapore and the United States formalizing diplomatic ties and the enhanced interaction between the two nations truly cements our commitment to deepen our commercial and cultural ties."
United Airlines said its latest Singapore offerings are timed for connections with its network of service throughout the US, Canada and Latin America.
The launch comes two years before Singapore Airlines expects to resume its non-stop flights to the US in 2018. Its services to Los Angeles and New York were axed in 2013 due to high fuel prices and weak demand.