Oct. 30 (UPI) — United Airlines has begun service for the longest nonstop flight from the United States — 8,700 miles between Los Angeles and Singapore.
The inaugural service departed Los Angeles late Friday and spanned 12 time zones to arrive in Changi, Sinapore, two days later.
Flight 37 departed in Friday evening from Los Angeles International Airport and arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport nearly 18 hours later.
On the return flight Sunday, passengers were greeted by Hollywood celebrity impersonators.
United operates the flight with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which carries 252 passengers.
The previous record-holder for the longest flight from the United States was service between Dallas and Sydney, Australia, by Qantas that covered 8,575 miles.
In 2013, Singapore Airlines ended nonstop flights to Los Angeles, but the airline said it intends to restart the service next year.
United and Singapore Airlines also have flights between San Francisco and Singapore that are 8,446 miles.
“Our commitment to our Los Angeles hub is more than 50 years strong and with today’s new Singapore service announcement, we continue to strengthen our position as the leading U.S. carrier to Asia,” United Sr. Vice President Dave Hilfman said at the time.
The Singapore-Los Angeles flight is the world’s third-longest — behind Quantas’ 9,032-mile flight between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand.