United Airlines Commences Direct Manila-San Francisco Flights in October

United Airlines has announced its plan to introduce daily nonstop flights from Manila to San Francisco, starting October 30, 2023. This initiative marks the first-ever trans-Pacific service from Manila since the airline began its Manila operations in 1982. The launch is a response to the rising demand from customers on both sides of the Pacific.

The inaugural westbound flight from San Francisco to Manila will take off on October 29, 2023. According to United’s regional director of sales for Greater China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, Wally Dias, the new nonstop service will offer the Manila clientele a convenient daily nonstop service to San Francisco, in addition to more than 70 one-stop destinations in mainland U.S., Canada, and Latin America through their hub in San Francisco.

All the flights will be serviced using the B777-300ER aircraft, which offers 60 seats in the United Polaris business cabin, 24 seats in the United Premium Plus cabin, and 266 seats in the United Economy cabin.

San Francisco serves as United’s largest hub airport on the US West Coast and a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. The airline operates more than 200 daily departures from San Francisco International Airport, taking customers to more than 100 destinations worldwide.

The Philippine flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), has also responded to the development positively, stating that it “welcomes additional competition” and recognizes it as “a sign of the strength and vitality of the air travel market between the Philippines and the United States”.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) expressed enthusiasm about the entry of United Airlines, noting that it would lead to more options for travelers and signal an increase in demand post-pandemic.

United Airlines has been serving Manila since 1982 and currently operates nonstop services to Guam and Palau. With this new daily nonstop service, United will become the only U.S. airline connecting Manila and the continental U.S.