United Airlines 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, the airline said in a statement posted on its website. 

The service was suspended in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The US carrier will operate this service with a Boeing 777-300ER 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,” he added.

The schedule is as follows:







UA 857

San Francisco

Weds., Sat.

11:00 a.m.


5:45 p.m.+1 day

UA 858


Thurs., Sun.

9:40 p.m.

San Francisco

8:55 p.m

Prior to suspending service to Shanghai in February due to Covid-19, United operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San FranciscoLos AngelesChicago and New York/Newark.

United says it will also reinstate service between Chicago and Tokyo with the addition of new service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in July. Additionally, the carrier says it will also resume service to Seoul; restart service to Hong Kong and will fly to Singapore via a stop at Hong Kong.

The carrier recently announced that all passengers have to complete a health checklist during the check-in process.

United asks passengers to complete a health checklist during check-in