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The airlines said flight distance is about 8,700 miles total from LAX to Singapore 

  • Flights fly from LA at 8.55pm and arrive two days later in Singapore at 6.50am 

  • And depart Singapore at 11am and arrive in LA at 10.15am on the same day 

  • Flights total 18 hours and will start on October 27 pending government approval

  • By Dailymail.com Reporter and Associated Press

    Published: 16:48 EST, 1 June 2017 | Updated: 14:31 EST, 2 June 2017

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    United Airlines announced Thursday that it will launch an 18-hour flight between Los Angeles and Singapore, making it the longest route to or from the United States.

    Westbound flights will be a derriere-numbing 17 hours and 55 minutes. 

    Flight UA 37 will depart Los Angeles at 8.55pm daily and arrive in Singapore at 6.50am two days later local time. The total distance is about 8,700 miles. 

    The return flight, UA 38, will depart Singapore's Changi Airport at 11.00am daily, arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 10.15am the same day. 

    United Airlines (file) announced Thursday that it will launch an 18-hour flight between Los Angeles and Singapore, making it the longest route to or from the United States

    United Airlines (file) announced Thursday that it will launch an 18-hour flight between Los Angeles and Singapore, making it the longest route to or from the United States

    Flight UA 37 will depart Los Angeles at 8.55pm daily and arrive in Singapore at 6.50am two days later local time. The total distance is about 8,700 miles. Pictured is United's 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft  that features 48 Polaris business class seats 

    Flight UA 37 will depart Los Angeles at 8.55pm daily and arrive in Singapore at 6.50am two days later local time. The total distance is about 8,700 miles. Pictured is United's 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft  that features 48 Polaris business class seats 

    Flying times will be approximately 17 hours, 55 minutes westbound and 15 hours, 15 minutes eastbound, with the prevailing tail wind. 

    The airline said Thursday that assuming it gets government approval, flights will start on October 27 using Boeing 787 planes.

    'The flight between LAX and SIN will set the new distance record for any airline operating a flight to or from the United States, at 8,700 miles,' the airline said in a statement. 

    United already has an existing service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and SIN, which started one year ago, June 1, 2016.

    That particular flight, accoding to United, holds the current record for the longest scheduled 787 flight operated by any airline and is currently the longest scheduled flight operated by any US carrier, at 8,446 miles. 

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    United will operate both routes with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

    'Whether our customers are on leisure or business travel, United is making travel to Singapore easier and even more convenient than ever before ...,' said Dave Hilfman, United's senior vice president of Worldwide Sales. 

    United operates more than 130 flights to over 40 airports across the US.

    'We are proud that United Airlines will set a new record for the longest nonstop route by a domestic carrier right here at LAX,' said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. 

    United's 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will feature a total of 252 seats – 48 United Polaris business class, 204 United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus. 

    United Economy seats feature an adjustable headrest and seat-back monitor, while the United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom. 

    United Economy seats feature an adjustable headrest and seat-back monitor, while the United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom. Pictured is business class on Singapore Airlines' Boeings

    United Economy seats feature an adjustable headrest and seat-back monitor, while the United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom. Pictured is business class on Singapore Airlines' Boeings

    The longest current US flight is Qantas' 8,578-mile trip between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, Australia.

    Among flights that don't touch the US, Qatar Airways flies a 9,032-mile route between its hub in Doha and Auckland, New Zealand. 

    United's announcement comes after nearly two months of bad press.

    In April, several incidents were reported on United flights, the most notorious occurred when police violently drug Dr David Dao off a flight, leaving him with a concussion and broken nose, among other injuries.

    LONGEST FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD

    1. Sydney-Dallas, Qantas – 8,578 miles, 16 hours and 55 minutes

    2. Jeddah-Los Angeles, Saudia – 8,332 miles, 16 hours and 40 minutes

    3. Johannesburg-Atlanta, Delta Air Lines – 8,439 miles, 16 hours and 40       minutes

    4. Dubai-Los Angeles, Emirates – 8,339 miles, 16 hours and 35 minutes

    5. Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles, Etihad Airways – 8,390 miles, 16 hours and 30 minutes.

    6. Doha-Los Angeles, Qatar Airways – 8,306 miles, 16 hours and 25 minutes

    7. Dallas-Hong Kong, American Airlines – 8,123 miles, 16 hours and 20 minutes

    8. Dubai-Houston, Emirates – 8,168 miles, 16 hours and 20 minutes

    9. Abu Dhabi-Dallas, Etihad Airways – 8,054 miles, 16 hours and 20 minutes

    10. Doha-Houston, Qatar Airways – 8,047 miles, 16 hours and 20 minutes. 

     Source: DailyMail.com, February 2016

    United's CEO Oscar Munoz said following the violent incident that the airline 'had a horrible failure'. 'It is not who we are. We will do better,' he said. 

    In May, passengers reported being attacked by a scorpion that caused a flight to evacuate and another passenger received a five-figure compensation pay out after her giant bunny, Simon, froze to death on its way to America while traveling with the airline.

    A couple was also kicked off a flight on their way to their wedding in Costa Rica.

    Last week, the airline reportedly accused a gay father, who was flying with his son to North Carolina, of inappropriately touching the boy.

    United issued an apology immediately after that incident. 

    And most recently, a bird strike shut down the engine of a United plane not long after it took off from Chicago on Thursday morning. A video showed flames shooting from the wing. 


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