United Evaluating Nonstop US – Singapore Flights

by Adam

As per Aviation WeekUnited is considering an ultra-long-haul flight from the US to Singapore.  No details yet as to which cities are in the running, but I’d bet San Francisco is on the shortlist. As per Will Horton, an analyst at CAPA, United is evaluating a potential A350-900ULR sub-fleet to cover the flights. Supposedly, UA also looked into the 787-9, but decided that it would require too large of a seat block on the westbound sector. The A350-900ULR is the same aircraft type that Singapore intends to restart non-stop NYC and LAX flights with in 2018. See – Breaking: Singapore to Restore Non-Stop Flights to NYC & LAX! Regain Longest Flight Title.

Would you be willing to fly UA on an ULH flight in Economy, p.s., or BusinessFirst?


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Geoff December 14, 2015 - 11:10 am

17-19 hours on UAL in coach?? Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..
what a nightmare…

M December 14, 2015 - 11:24 am

Barely made it 14 hours on the DXB-IAD flight. I’d rather go via Europe with 4 stops than suffer UA cattle class.

Bill December 14, 2015 - 11:26 am

I’m not sure 17-19 hrs in coach on ANY carrier will be anything but a nightmare.

I’d consider UA SFO-SIN in BusinessFirst, especially since they are planning to introduce a new BF seat in 2017-2018 which would likely be used on this route. But I’d rather fly SQ F Suites, understandably! UA and SQ are the only carriers with a vested interest in a route from the USA-SIN. So UA might be able to pillage some business on this route despite SQ being superior. SQ is more likely to aim for SIN-LAX and SIN-EWR/JFK, so that allows UA to consider SFO-SIN.

If UA is considering SFO-SIN, then it seems possible that UA might also consider IAD-JNB or EWR-JNB to compete with SAA–the only other major gap between *A carriers and their major hubs. (TG at BKK is another, but LAX/SFO-BKK is more about leisure than business travel from the USA.)

Steve R December 14, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Just imagining such a long haul leaves me exhausted. The plane would have a red cross livery. The crew rest area would be converted to a medical bay to handle thrombosis cases. First class passengers would upon arrival be met by an ambulance instead of a limo. Instead of being taken to the arrivals lounge they would be carted off to the ‘ER’ – executive resuscitation.

M December 14, 2015 - 6:54 pm

Well, when SQ had the SIN-EWR/LAX flights the A340s had a compartment for corpses in case someone died in that Ultralonghaul flight.

Bradders December 14, 2015 - 11:48 pm

Seriously!? I had never heard that. Took the SQ LAX>SIN a couple of times and loved it. Got more sleep than if I’d been at home.

United to Operate San Francisco - Singapore Non-Stop, Longest US Carrier Route - Point Me to the Plane January 29, 2016 - 7:13 am

[…] The rumor has proved accurate, United Airlines has announced non-stop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN). The route will be operated by a B787-9 Dreamliner beginning June 1st and join SFO’s other new routes launching this summer including Auckland (AKL), Tel Aviv (TLV), and Xi’an (XIY). […]


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