Flight is the most important long distance transportation, especially for international transfer. Id past, American tourists traveling to Xian had to change flight in other China cities. For example Beijing or Shanghai. That caused to the remarkable increase in tour cost and stopped quite a few tourists to visit Xian even though Xian is the home town of the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
But now tourists could save traveling time for visiting in Xian. And after the visiting flying out to hometown directly. From May 10th, direct flight connecting Xian and San Francisco will open. At present the flight is planned to open from May 10th to October 29th. The flight from Xian to San Francisco will be UA852 (09:30 Beijing Time /06:35central time) which departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And the flying time will last Terracotta Army12 hours. The flight of San Francisco/Xian will be UA853(central time 13:25/Beijing time 17:35) which departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. And the flying time will lasts 13 hours
If tourists book the flight before May 31st, they could get the special price (economy class ticket) at RMB1800 for round way transfer.
At that time, Xian will be the 4th city in mainland China who has the direct scheduled flight to America. The other threes are Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.