Nonstop on the 787

On June 1, I plan to be on board for what will be the longest 787 flight when United launches service between San Francisco and Singapore. Using one of its 787-9s, United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between SFO and SIN. This will also be the only nonstop service to the U.S. from Singapore.


One of United’s 787-9s.

It’s just the latest example of how the Dreamliner is opening up new routes all over the world. Just a few short months ago, 75 new nonstop routes had been opened with the 787. Today, that total has jumped to more than 100 routes that have been announced or are already in operation.

The graphic below shows all the routes between markets that were never connected before via a nonstop flight.


The efficiencies and capabilities of the 787 have made them possible. Here are just a few of the new additions to the list since the beginning of this year:

Hainan: Changsha, China to Los Angeles

LOT: Warsaw to Tokyo Narita

TUI: Birmingham, UK to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

United: San Francisco to Tel Aviv

Norwegian: Oslo to Boston

I’m looking forward to the longest 787 flight in June—and will be sure to share my experiences here on the blog.

Comments (6)

Richard Guerzon (Charleston, SC):

It's truly amazing that the 787 can travel so far without stopping. It makes the customer experience so much better on those long journeys. I'd love to see a larger version of this graphic.

Eric Ainge (Charleston SC 29420):

That is wonderful it makes me proud to be Boeing employee.

Andrew P Boydston (Boise ID USA):

"787 Leverage" is moving the market around the world. Happy 400th 787 during the week. Etihad will make it #400 787's.

Thomas (Singapore):

There are new routes first because the demand is growing. The question is if the 787 has accelerated that trend ?

Greg (San Jose, CA):

Hope you have a pleasant trip to Singapore on United's 789.

Now, quote:
"Hainan: Changsha, China to Los Angeles"

I'm aware there are/will be direct flights to similar cities like Chengdu, Xi'an, Wuhan, and Hangzhou, etc.

If any airline shall read this comment, why don't you guys open a direct 787 route to Chongqing?

Chongqing is one of the four gigantic municipalities, only after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. We know there are many direct 787 flights to Beijing and Shanghai; Tianjin is very close to Beijing, so it does not have to have any. But Chongqing should be strategic.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Tel Aviv to San Francisco is quite a distance. The 787 particularly the 8 model has proven itself efficient on the long range low density sectors.

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