United Nonstop Research Triangle to San Francisco

Raleigh-Durham International to San Francisco Nonstop

The Governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, announced United’s non-stop service from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to San Francisco (SFO) at a press conference.  United will begin the service August 15th using a Boeing 737-800 on the route.

This not only connects the Research-Triangle and with Silicon Valley via San Francisco, but will allow new service to Asia.

Gov. Bev Perdue, said, “By strengthening the air service connection between the two coasts and Asia, we are creating more opportunities for N.C. businesses to be more competitive and to create more jobs for North Carolinians.”

The announcement came after growing demand for non-stop service between RDU and San Francisco, a major metropolitan area and home to various industry sectors that are complimentary to the Research Triangle Region. It is also a popular leisure destination and gateway to locations in the Pacific Rim.

Ron Baur, United’s Vice President of fleet, said, “United is pleased to offer Raleigh-Durham travelers the convenience of nonstop service to San Francisco, improved access to the nation’s largest technology center and the additional connections to and from Asia that this service will enable.”

Baur added, “We look forward to partnering with airport, business and civic leaders to support the success of this service and the increased economic development and tourism it will facilitate.”

Service to San Francisco has been a top priority for RDU officials and local business leaders who have ties to businesses on the West Coast and to those seeking more connections to Asia.

Michael Landguth, RDU airport director, said, “We all share in the celebration for this new service because as a community we worked together to bring this flight to RDU today.”   Landguth continued, “Businesses, particularly the life sciences and technology sectors, have been very vocal about the importance of this flight to their ongoing success and ability to grow and compete. The region’s economic developers have worked closely with RDU to illustrate the strength of our market and the growing demand for service to the West Coast and Asia.”



Effective Flight
Origin Depart
Destination Arrival Aircraft
Aug 14 UA 140
San Francisco (SFO) 12:50pm
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) 8:50pm 737-800
Aug 15 UA 138
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) 7:00am San Francisco (SFO)
9:50am 737-800


The flight will begin August 14 from San Francisco.  The first flight from Raleigh/Durham will take place at 7:00am with a scheduled 9:50am arrival (local time).  This flight is aligned with outbound Asia flight departures in the 11 o’clock hour including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Osaka, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Kahului, Hawaii.

The flight returning to Raleigh/Durham leaves San Francisco at 12:50 p.m. and arrives at Raleigh/Durham  at 8:50 p.m.  Schedule is subject to change, often changes are minimal.

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