United Airlines says it will resume flying San Francisco – Shanghai starting July 8 twice-weekly via Seoul.
|UA 857||San Francisco||Weds., Sat.||11:00 a.m.||Shanghai||5:45 p.m.+1 day|
|UA 858||Shanghai||Thurs., Sun.||9:40 p.m.||San Francisco||8:55 p.m.|
Before the global pandemic, Apple was United’s largest corporate customer spending $150 million with the airline. Unsurprisingly United’s San Francisco hub captures a large amount of Northern California tech business, and Apple is one of the biggest spenders on travel.
With significant suppliers and manufacturing in China, Apple had been booking one quarter of total company spend on just the San Francisco – Shanghai route, a total of 50 business class seats a day.
United has been looking to re-start China flights since the beginning of April. This got caught up in geopolitics and souring relations between the U.S. and China over issues including trade, Hong Kong, and the global pandemic. The U.S. and China are currently limiting the number of flights each airline can operate between the two countries.
Shanghai Pudong Airport
With a continued ban on non-residents entering the U.S. who have been to China United’s flights will largely be limited to carrying U.S. passengers.