United says new LA-Singapore route will be longest from US

The flight turned back to Chicago's O'Hare airport and the passengers were put on other planes

USA Today reports the airline is hoping to get past the regulatory phase and launch its Boeing 787 Dreamliner nonstop between Los Angeles and Singapore-a flight that would cover 8,700 miles. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take the full 18 hours heading west and 15 hours heading back to the States, making it the longest nonstop flight to or from the US. The return flight, UA 38, will depart Singapore's Changi Airport at 1100 daily, arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 1015 the same day. The eastbound leg will come in at 15 hours and 15 minutes.

In a statement, SIA said the A350 forms a key part of the Airline's fleet in the years ahead and has enabled the introduction of new services such as non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco, helping to boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub.

Currently, according to OAG, the world's three-longest flights are Qatar's 9,026-mile Doha-Auckland flight aboard a Boeing 777; Emirates' 8,819-mile Dubai-Auckland flight aboard an Airbus A380 and Qantas' 8,576-mile Sydney-Dallas flight, also aboard an A380.

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Qatar's 14,535km, 17-and-a-half-hour Doha-Auckland service is now the world's longest flight in terms of time after it knocked Air India's 15,127km, 15-hour Delhi-San Francisco route off its perch.

United Flight 1738 departed O'Hare International Airport for Miami, officials said.

In May, a mother-of-two said she had been forced to urinate into a cup when United Airlines cabin crew staff refused to let her use the toilet. There were several other incidents, which included the story of a couple being de-planed on their way to their wedding in Costa Rica and the death of Simon the giant rabbit on a trans-Atlantic flight.

A passenger tweeted a video of flames shooting from one of the engines in mid-air.

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

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