United plans longest B787 routes

United’s San Francisco-Chengdu flight, scheduled to begin service June 9, would be the longest 787 flight to operate non-stop in both directions.


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As use of the B787 expands rapidly, United is preparing to operate two of the world’s longest 787 flights according to news reports. United’s Los Angeles-Melbourne flight, scheduled to begin service Oct. 26, would travel 7,927 miles, currently the longest plan route to be operated by the 787 family. The flight would operate six days a week. United’s San Francisco-Chengdu flight, scheduled to begin service June 9, would not only be the first non-stop flight ever from the U.S. to Chengdu, but also would be the longest 787 flight to operate non-stop in both directions, at least until the Melbourne flight begins. The route is 6,857 miles.