United Airlines launches direct flight from San Francisco to Taipei

(KTSF by Jessie Liang)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  – United Airlines is expanding its extensive trans-Pacific network this weekend, connecting its San Francisco hub with Taipei, Taiwan, beginning Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for United Airlines San Francisco to Taipei flight inauguration (KTSF)

United hosts an inaugural gate event at San Francisco International Airport, marking the importance of these flights to tourism and economic development.

San Francisco to Taipei flight 871 will depart San Francisco daily at 1:50 p.m. and arrive in Taipei at 6:30 p.m. the next day. For the return, flight 872 will depart Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport daily at 11:10 a.m. and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 7:30 a.m. the same day. (All times are local.)

With the addition of Taipei, the airline will offer nonstop flights between San Francisco and eight cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addtional to the Taipei, United plans to introduce three-times-weekly Boeing 787 service on June 9 between San Francisco and Chengdu, China, pending government approval. This nonstop service would be the first by a U.S. airline from the United States to mainland China, beyond Beijing and Shanghai.

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