United just launched non-stop Los Angeles – Singapore service on October 27. They’ve been flying with a Boeing 787-9 using old business class seats.
At 8770 miles it is slightly shorter than Dubai – Auckland (Emirates, 8824 miles) and Doha – Auckland (Qatar, 9032 miles).
United’s Existing B/E Aerospace Diamond Business Class Seats As Shown on a Boeing 757, Similar to Their Existing 787 Business Class
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Via the assiduous Brian Sumers United will be dropping Los Angeles – Singapore on that route’s one year anniversary, and adding a second San Francisco non-stop.
That means there will be three San Francisco – Singapore non-stop flights, as United doubles down on competition with its intra-alliance frenemie Singapore Airlines.
As for opportunities in the Los Angeles – Singpapore market American Airlines said in March they wouldn’t consider the route and that ultra long haul flying takes up too much aircraft time and has too high an opportunity cost.
Singapore Airlines on the other hand launches non-stop Newark – Singapore service October 12 potentially capturing some of the New York connecting traffic that might have gone through Los Angeles. They’ll be adding Los Angeles – Singapore non-stop next year as well. Both flights will be operated by ultra long range versions of the Airbus A350.
Cost aside, it’s genuinely hard to imagine choosing to fly United non-stop to Singapore over Singapore Airlines, doubly so in business class with United’s old seats and no announced plan to add new Polaris seats to Boeing 787 aircraft. Singapore, by the way, offers perhaps the world’s best long haul economy product.