United Airlines announced that it has made seats available for sale to its newest China destination, Xi’an. The airline offering the most U.S.-China service will be the first to offer nonstop trans-Pacific flights to Xi’an. United will also be the first U.S. airline to serve the city when service begins on May 8, 2017.
Subject to government’s approval, United intends to use its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to operate the three-times-weekly service from San Francisco. Flight times will be approximately 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 5 minutes eastbound.
United Airlines in a statement acknowledged the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of State and the Civil Aviation Administration of China for their forward-thinking negotiations to open nonstop flights from the United States to interior points in China, which make the Xi’an service possible.
Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, at the eastern end of the Silk Road. With a population of more than 8 million, it is one of China’s oldest cities and an important cultural, economic and educational center. The plains surrounding Xi’an are home to the famed Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.