State, United confirm direct flights to San Francisco

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and executives from United Airlines on Wednesday afternoon formally announced that Indianapolis will receive nonstop daily service to San Francisco International Airport starting in January.

IBJ first reported plans for the service on Aug. 28.

The new service launches from San Francisco to Indianapolis on Jan. 7 and from Indianapolis to San Francisco on Jan. 8.

Flights will use Airbus A319 aircraft featuring eight first-class seats, 40 economy-plus seats and 72 economy seats. United flight 500 will depart Indianapolis International Airport at 8 a.m., arriving in San Francisco at 10 a.m. The return flight, United 317, will depart San Francisco at 1:35 p.m., arriving in Indianapolis at 8:51 p.m.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said it will provide United with a minimum revenue guarantee during the one-year agreement. The IEDC allocated $1.5 million to a reserve fund, which would represent the state's maximum financial exposure if the route fails to meet the revenue guarantee.

 

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