Chicago/Houston based United Airlines has announced the latest additions to its international flight lineup. The carrier has announced 2 new non-stop services from its West Coast hub in San Francisco. The new destinations are Paris, France and Taipei, Taiwan. Daily non-stop service to the Taoyuan Airport in Taipei will begin on April 9, 2013 and service to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris will begin a couple days later on April 11th.
Air France currently operates 2 daily flights from San Francisco to Paris on Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft. United will be utilizing the Boeing 767-300ER on this new route. At 12 hours and 5,500 miles, this will be one of the longest non-stop 767 routes in the world. Oddly enough, the aircraft will not offer a First Class Cabin, but will instead have a larger Business Class with 30 lie-flat sleeper seats. This announcement of this new service comes a week after the airline announced the end of it's Houston to Paris service. China Airlines and EVA Airways both currently provide nonstop service from San Francisco to Taipei, also using Boeing 777's and 747's. United's service on this route will use Boeing 777-200ER's in a 4 class configuration.
The new services are due to the Bay area's large amount of business travelers as well as the downsizing of the airline's Houston hub. United will also take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner later this year.