United Airlines announced Wednesday that will begin offering daily nonstop service between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and San Francisco on Aug. 15.

“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,” RDU Director Michael Landguth said in a statement. “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.”

(Analysis: What flight means to region: Read here.)

Landguth said 400 passengers head to the Bay Area every day from the Triangle, with scores more connecting through the West Coast to destinations in Asia.

The outbound flights on a 218-seat Boeing 737 will leave RDU at 7 a.m., arriving at San Francisco at 9:50 a.m. Pacific Time, which gives passengers time to connect to late-morning flights headed to Asia.

The inbound flights depart San Francisco at 1 p.m. Pacific time and arrive at RDU at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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