United Cargo has launched its new nonstop service between its San Francisco hub (SFO) and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China (CTU). Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in southwest China and is the country’s fourth-largest city. Its emergence as a high-tech manufacturing centre makes it one of China’s fastestdeveloping cities economically and more than half of the Fortune 500 companies have a presence in the city.
“United Cargo is very pleased to support Chengdu’s continuing growth and development with our pioneering widebody service,” the carrier said. United’s three-times-weekly B787 service is not only the first service by a US airline in Chengdu, but the first nonstop service by any airline between the US and mainland China beyond Beijing and Shanghai. Chengdu is the ninth destination in the Asia/Pacific region served by United with nonstop flights to and from SFO – strengthening what is already the premier US airline hub between Asia and the US.