Guam – United Airlines today applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin nonstop service between the airline’s Guam hub and Shanghai, China.
United intends to begin the new service from Guam using Boeing 737-700/800 series aircraft, effective Oct. 28, 2014, subject to government approval. Flights will be available for sale at a later date.
“We are excited to add the Guam-Shanghai route to the most comprehensive U.S.-China network,” said Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director, Business Development Asia/Pacific. “As Guam’s hometown airline, United has been working hard over the past seven years to develop the China market, with annual charter operations to the island. Our United sales team in China is aggressively promoting Guam to customers in the Pearl River Delta who currently use our four-times-weekly Hong Kong-Guam service, and we are committed to using our resources elsewhere in China to build strong, sustainable traffic for this new service from Shanghai to Guam.”
Subject to government approval, flight UA131 will depart A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport at 7:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 10:15 p.m. the same days (all times local). The return flight, UA130, will depart Shanghai at 11:10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Guam International Airport at 5:30 a.m. the following days (all times local). Flying times will be approximately 4 hours 55 minutes northbound and 4 hours and 20 minutes southbound.
United in China
United started nonstop service to mainland China in 1986 and today serves Beijing with nonstop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington/Dulles; Shanghai with nonstop flights from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco; and Hong Kong with nonstop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Guam, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, United plans to start three-times-weekly nonstop service from Chengdu to San Francisco, effective Jun. 11, 2014 (eastbound). United is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest and most comprehensive airline alliance, whose other members include Air China. United and Air China have a bilateral partnership that includes codesharing on selected routes and provides customers with both carriers additional travel benefits such as airport lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.
Onboard Products and Services
* United’s Boeing 737-700/800 series aircraft are configured with up to 155 seats – 14 United Business and 144 United Economy, including 18 United Economy Plus seats with added legroom.
* United Business offers a superior business-class service. United Business amenities include comfortable leather seat, multi-course meals with complimentary premium wine and spirits.
* Economy Plus seats offer up to five inches of extra legroom, and both Economy Plus and United Economy seats feature adjustable headrests and overhead screens delivering in-flight entertainment movies.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers.