United expands trans-Pacific network

31 Mar 2014 by Clement Huang

United Airlines has expanded its trans-Pacific network by connecting its hub in San Francisco with Taipei, Taiwan. The American carrier has also launched a second daily flight between Houston and Tokyo.

"The new Taipei and Tokyo services strengthen our commitment to the Pacific, where United is already the leading US carrier, and to the San Francisco and Houston hubs," said Jim Compton, United’s vice-chairman and chief revenue officer.

Both services are operated with the Boeing 777-200. The San Francisco–Taipei flight will offer 269 seats in a four-class configuration, with eight in United Global First, 40 in United Business First, 113 in United Economy Plus, 108 United Economy seats.

Flight UA871 departs San Francisco International Airport daily at 1350 before arriving in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 1830 the following day. The return leg, UA872, leaves Taipei at 1110 and arrives back in San Francisco at 0730 the same day.

Meanwhile, the additional daily service to Tokyo will offer 267 seats in a three-class configuration ­– 50 in United Business First, 72 in United Economy Plus, and 217 in United Economy.

The new daily service sees flight UA1 departing Bush Intercontinental (Houston) at 0900 daily before arriving in Tokyo Narita at 1235 the following day. Meanwhile, the return flight UA2 leaves Tokyo at 1545 and touches back down in Houston at 1340 the same day. 

Earlier, the carrier also announced its plans to introduce a three-times-weekly Boeing 787 service between San Francisco and Chengdu, China on June 9, pending approval from the Chinese government (see here).

If successfully implemented, the non-stop service will be the first by a US airline between the US and a second-tier Chinese city, as currently American carriers' presence in the world's second largest economy is limited to Beijing and Shanghai. The carrier also plans to offer Boeing 787 services between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia six times weekly starting October 26.

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Clement Huang

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