United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin daily nonstop service between the airline’s Los Angeles hub and Shanghai, starting on May 20, 2011.
In addition, new sibling Continental Airlines has applied for authority to place its ‘CO’ flight code on United-operated flights between the two cities.
Already operating more than 200 daily departures from Los Angeles International Airport, United Airlines says it would offer convenient connections throughout North America to customers arriving from Shanghai.
The proposed flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) would depart at 1:33 p.m. and arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) at 5:55 p.m. the next day local time. Service from Shanghai, beginning May 21, 2011, would depart PVG at 7:50 p.m. and arrive at LAX at 4:47 p.m. the same day local time.
United Continental says the new service is consistent with the airline’s previously announced capacity guidance.
The airline intends to operate the service with three-cabin Boeing 777-200ERs, which offer customers service in United First, United Business and United Economy.
United currently serves Shanghai daily from Chicago and San Francisco. Continental serves Shanghai daily from Newark Liberty International Airport.