United Airlines is looking to resume its presence in the intra-Asia market with flights connecting the cities of Hong Kong and Singapore.

In a new filing to the United States Department of Transportation, United has applied for 5th freedom flight rights for daily services between Hong Kong and Singapore. The airline filed for the flights on May 5 and intends to start it on May 10 using Boeing 777-300 aircraft for cargo-only should it get approved. 

Among the reasons cited for the route in the filing, the airline stated: “Allocation of these frequencies to United is in the public interest as United’s proposed service will provide additional cargo capacity to the region (Southeast Asia).”

United intends to start it as a cargo-only service to start, though it has intentions to serve passengers stating: “Depending upon the rebound in passenger traffic, United may commence passenger service at a future date.”

The Chicago-based airline is no stranger to the operating the route and other intra-Asia services. It previously operated flights on the Hong Kong-Singapore route until 2017 when ended following the introduction of non-stop flights from the US to Singapore.


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