United said that starting on October 1, 2023, it will start operating daily flights from San Francisco to Shanghai and will restart daily service between San Francisco and Beijing in November. The U.S. and Chinese governments’ agreement to increase flights between the two nations has made it possible for United to make these additions to its Asia Pacific schedule.
Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, said, “We are grateful for this positive step forward in U.S. – China passenger air services, and we thank the many officials from both countries who worked together to make this reinstatement of air service possible.”
“This announcement is good news for United customers because we believe that a daily flight to Beijing and a daily flight to Shanghai from San Francisco is consistent with the demand we see in the market right now,” the airline said in a statement. “Especially since our ability to serve China nonstop from our mid-continent hubs or the East Coast is severely limited by Russian overflight restrictions.”
The Beijing itinerary will be updated in the upcoming week, while flights to Shanghai are presently available on United.com and the United app.
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