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Beijing from Dulles: On Your Mark, Get Set . . .

John Deiner


If you've been waiting with bated breath for information on United Airlines' new nonstop service from Dulles to Beijing, you can exhale now. According to a press release from United, the airline received final approval yesterday from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin the flights.

Here's what we know:
* Service begins March 28.
* Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 10.
* Flights depart Dulles at 12:23 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 1:55 p.m. the next day. Flights depart Beijing at 6:30 p.m. and arrive at Dulles at 7:46 p.m.
* 347-seat B747-400s will be the aircraft of choice.

Here's what we don't know:
* The prices. No word yet on what you'll have to pay for the privilege of not changing airplanes en route to China.

By John Deiner |  February 9, 2007; 1:13 PM ET  | Category:  Airline Industry , John Deiner
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OK I was a math major, but I'm too tired to factor in the differing time zones and the International Date Line impact. I'm assuming the flight is NOT over 24 hours long, so please how many hours is the flight in duration?

Posted by: Befuddled | February 9, 2007 3:57 PM

The flight time will be TDL (too *** long) it could put your heart at risk. Seats should have a timer to remind you to get up at least once every few hours, the number of hours selected by the passenger.
A lady flew from London to Australia and died upon arrival.

They could have an exercise room on the back part of the top floor, the area is unused and Boeing is looking into putting sleeping beds in that section, or a bar.
Flyers should express their wishes,
-including the wish to survive the flight.

Posted by: MikeSar | February 9, 2007 4:09 PM

Good question about the flight length. From previous media reports, the flight time is between 13 and 14 hours long -- TDL indeed.

Posted by: John Deiner | February 9, 2007 4:12 PM

Why assume the flight will no take more than 24 hours?
A trial run took advantage of the Jet Stream and went to the Far East (Singapure?) the long way, the very long long way.

Posted by: MikeSar | February 9, 2007 4:16 PM

Isn't there also supposed to be a new non-stop soon to Hong Kong from somewhere in the US?

Posted by: HongKongDreamin | February 9, 2007 4:43 PM

Good. When their diplomatic visas are revoked for spying, they can drive them strait to Dulles and put them on a non-stop to Beijing. Now we need a nonstop to Taiwan.

Posted by: Ralph | February 9, 2007 6:22 PM

yeah, that's right Ralph, I'm spying on you right now, you loser.

Posted by: Fred | February 12, 2007 8:19 PM

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