United Airlines will double service between Shanghai and San Francisco starting next month.
United Will Double Shanghai Service
Currently, United operates two flights per week between San Francisco and Shanghai due to limitations imposed by the Chinese government. Demand far outstrips supply, with flights filled up weeks in advance and commanding high fares.
Under China’s punishment/reward system for international flights, airlines are allowed to double service if no passenger on a route tests positive for COVID-19 for three weeks.
Today, United announced it would double flights effective September 4, 2020. United will used its Boeing 777-300ER on the route, its largest aircraft. Flights departing San Francisco will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays while flights from Shanghai will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.
- UA857 – Depart San Francisco (SFO) 11:00AM – Arrive Shanghai (PVG) 5:45PM+1
- UA858 – Depart Shanghai (PVG) 9:45PM – Arrive San Francisco (SFO) 8:55PM
Service will continue to operate via Seoul (ICN). Local traffic between Seoul and Shanghai is not permitted.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Network and Alliances, said:
“United has served mainland China for more than three decades and we look forward to continuing to connect customers traveling between the U.S. and Shanghai with two additional flights beginning in September.”
With demand currently exceeding supply by great margins, this new service to Shanghai will be both helpful to passengers and profitable for United’s bottom line.