World’s longest scheduled US flight takes off

United Airlines yesterday launched the world’s longest scheduled nonstop flight to or from the US, and first direct Singapore-Los Angeles flight.

Celebrating the launch are (L-R) United’s Marcel Fuchs (seventh from left), US Embassy Singapore’s Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath and Changi Airport Group’s Lee Seow Hiang

Flight UA 38 will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport at 11.00 daily, arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 11.15 the same day. The return flight, UA 37,will depart Los Angeles at 21.25, arriving in Singapore at 06.20 two days later.

Flying time will be approximately 15 hours, 15 minutes eastbound, and 17 hours, 55 minutes westbound. According to United Airlines, customers on the new flight will be able to save up to nearly two hours journey time each way, compared with the current United schedule via San Francisco.

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