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A United Airlines Express jet takes off from Pittsburgh International Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

United's 18-hour flight from LA to Singapore will be the longest US flown flight


After suffering major blowback following the David Dao controversy, United is attempting to redefine its image in the aviation industry. Coming this fall, United Airlines is expected to add a route that would become the longest of any carrier flying to or from the United States, according to USA Today. 

The 8,700 mile-route will connect Los Angeles and Singapore, surpassing Qantas' 8,576-mile Dallas/Forth-Worth-Sydney non-stop flight and United's own 8,446-mile San Francisco-Singapore route.

The roughly 18-hour flight, which will be flown with a Boeing 787 "Dreamliner," would also rank as the longest non-stop flight ever flown by a U.S. airline. 

“It’s the longest route from the U.S. to anywhere in the world,” Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president - International Planning, told USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog about the new L.A.-Singapore route. “It’s definitely prestigious.”

United is also expected to steal the title of world's longest flight from Qatar Airways, which accounts a flying time of 17 hours, 40 minutes for its 9,032-mile flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to Doha, Qatar. 

But United's nearly 9,000 mile flight does more than provide bragging rights. The LA-Singapore route also further solidifies United's growing market in Asia.

"What makes United unique is our Asia-Pacific network," Quayle said. "This Singapore flight is just a further example of solidifying that presence from our Los Angeles hub."

He continued, "San Francisco has exceed our expectations in terms of performance. There has been a growing chorus in the L.A. area who have been asking for United service to Singapore. Singapore is a global city our corporate traffic wants us to serve non-stop" from the United States.

United's newest flight, however, may not last long. Singapore Airlines, a Star Alliance frequent-flier partner of United, announced its plans to restart service from both Los Angeles and Singapore when it launches its new "ultra long-range Airbus jets in 2018.

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