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United Airlines inaugurates historic nonstop service between Guam and Shanghai, China

(Press Release) — United Airlines inaugurated nonstop service between its Guam hub and Shanghai, China on Oct. 28, 2014, offering a historic opportunity for Chinese passengers to travel on scheduled flights to Guam and the region, as well as creating a new travel destination for the local community. The airline uses Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft to operate the route.

“We are delighted to celebrate the launch of this historic Guam-Shanghai service and add this route to the most comprehensive U.S.-China network,” said Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director, business development-Asia/Pacific. “As Guam’s hometown airline, we have been working hard to develop the China market, offering annual charter operations between mainland China and Guam since 2008. We now shift our focus with this scheduled service to build stronger and more sustainable traffic from mainland China to Guam.”

“We’re thrilled that this inaugural flight from Shanghai represents the first ever scheduled service from mainland China to Guam,” said Karl Pangelinan, general manager of Guam Visitors Bureau. “We’re also delighted to see the fruits of our involvement which helped United to push forward into the China market. We thank United for their partnership and look forward to growing Guam’s number one industry.”

Customers from the inaugural flight from Shanghai (UA 130) are welcomed by representatives of the United Guam sales team, Guam Visitors Bureau, A.B. Won Pat International Airport, as well as Miss Guams and Pa’a Taotao Tano’.  Contributed photoCustomers from the inaugural flight from Shanghai (UA 130) are welcomed by representatives of the United Guam sales team, Guam Visitors Bureau, A.B. Won Pat International Airport, as well as Miss Guams and Pa’a Taotao Tano’. Contributed photo

The inaugural ceremony was held at Guam’s A.B. Won Pat International Airport with the arrival of flight 130 from Shanghai. Customers were welcomed by representatives of the United Guam sales team, Guam Visitors Bureau, government officials and Miss Guam. The celebration included a water salute, cultural entertainment by Pa’a Taotao Tano’ and local refreshments.

Flight UA131 departs Guam’s A. B. Won Pat Guam International Airport at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and arrives at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 10:40 p.m. the same day (all times local). The return flight, flight UA130, departs Shanghai at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and arrives at Guam International Airport at 5:50 a.m. the following day (all times local). Flying times are approximately 4 hours 55 minutes northbound and 4 hours 20 minutes southbound.

United started nonstop service to China in 1986 and today serves Beijing with non-stop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington D.C.; Shanghai with non-stop flights from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco; and Hong Kong with nonstop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Guam, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, United started three-times-weekly nonstop service from Chengdu to San Francisco in June 2014. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest and most comprehensive airline alliance, whose other members include Air China. United and Air China have a bilateral partnership that includes code-sharing on selected routes and provides customers with both carriers additional travel benefits such as airport lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

United’s Boeing 737-700/800 series aircraft are configured with 155 seats — 14 United Business and 141 United Economy.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,100 flights a day to 374 airports across six continents.