United Airlines is expanding its long haul operation with a number of route announcements and expansions.
Seasonal Services from Newark
Newark gains new seasonal services with three new services, expansions and extensions of seasonal services
- Curacao – A Saturday only service, starting 7th December 2019 using a Boeing 737-700.
- Nice – A Daily service starting 2nd May 2020 with a premium configured Boeing 767-300ER.
- Palermo – A Daily Service from 20th May 2020, equipment not defined (although it screams Boeing 767).
- Amsterdam – Services to the Dutch capital increase, with a second daily flight, launching 28th March 2020. using a premium configured Boeing 767-300ER.
- Frankfurt – Services to the German finance capital increase, with a second daily flight launching 28th March 2020. Again, this will use a premium configured Boeing 767-300ER.
Daily from Chicago
- Zurich to become a daily service from 28th March 2020, all year round, utilising a premium configured Boeing 767-300ER.
Denver gain a daily London service
- London will regain a daily all year round service from 1st November 2019 with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
- New Delhi will be expanded to a daily service with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft commenting 5th December, 2019.
Summer 2020 extensions
The following routes will be returning the Untied network for Summer 2020 too
- Newark and Athen; Naples and Porto.
- Washington and Barcelona.
United’s International Network Vice President Patrick Quayle
“United’s global network is a tremendous source of pride for our employees and loyal customers – we’re always looking for ways to grow and expand our network to connect our customers to more destinations around the world,”
“These new additions help position United as the airline of choice for customers planning their business or leisure travel.”
It’s never about just the routes in isolation – it’s about the network and how it feeds in and out of the major hubs. The expansions will feed both into United hubs as well as to the destinations themselves.
Certainly, those extra flights and routes will be helpful in United’s network.
What’s interesting to see is that a number of routes have proved themselves at least commercially viable in the summer months – with four routes already confirmed for Summer 2020.
As usual, it will be interesting to see which routes survive into the next iteration of the Summer timetable and which get cut…
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