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United Resumes San Francisco-Shanghai Nonstops

Beginning Oct. 21, the four-times weekly service will eliminate stopover in Seoul

October 5, 2020

United Airlines has announced the resumption of nonstop service between San Francisco International and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. The four-times weekly flights will start operating Oct. 21.

Currently the carrier has four weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai that make a stop in Seoul. The new nonstop service will operate four times weekly aboard a Boeing 777-300ER on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Returns from Shanghai will fly Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

United’s resumption of nonstop service between San Francisco and Shanghai indicates a further relaxation of tensions between the US and China around air travel. US carriers United and Delta have both restarted their China services, following a reciprocal agreement reached this summer between aviation authorities of the two countries which allowed US airlines to return to some of their pre-COVID-19 Chinese routes.

“United continues playing a critical role in keeping people and global supply chains connected to Shanghai and to cities around the world,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network and Alliances.