SAN FRANCISCO - United Airlines today launches a nonstop service connecting the airline’s San Francisco hub with Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city.

Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of worldwide sales, said: “United offers travelers more choices to more of the world than any other airline and we’re proud to expand our global reach with the first trans-Pacific service to Chengdu.

“With more than 250 of the Fortune 500 companies located in the area, and as home to the giant panda and Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu will be a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers.”  

United will use the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to operate the three-times-weekly service. Chengdu is the ninth destination United serves in the Asia/Pacific region nonstop from San Francisco.

United's flight 9 will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 6:40 p.m. the following day (all times local).

For the return, flight 8 will depart at 9:50 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 8:40 a.m. the same day.