United Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation for authority to operate flights between San Francisco and Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, starting next year. United would operate three weekly flights using a Boeing 787-8, the carrier said in a statement. It wants to commence the service on June 9, 2014. Flights would depart San Francisco International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International ...

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