United Airlines some years ago retreated to it Newark Hub, abandoning New York-JFK. It seems the airline is planning to move back, with services from JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It’s been five years since United Airlines left JFK behind. It will resume services from the 1st of February 2021 with two services a day San Francisco and Los Angeles. The service is planned to operate out of Terminal 7
Planned operation is as follows:
UA521 DEPART JFK 08:00 ARRIVE SFO 11:37 UA523 DEPART JFK 17:10 ARRIVE SFO 20:47 UA520 DEPART SFO 09:10 ARRIVE JFK 17:40 UA522 DEPART SFO 13:30 ARRIVE JFK 22:00
UA515 DEPART JFK 09:00 ARRIVE LAX 11:37 UA517 DEPART JFK 19:00 ARRIVE LAX 22:29 UA514 DEPART LAX 07:30 ARRIVE JFK 15:50 UA516 DEPART LAX 14:30 ARRIVE JFK 22:50 Both routes commence 1st February 2021 Booked Equipment: Boeing 767-300ER Data: United Airlines
The flight is booked for a business-heavy Boeing 767-300ER, with 46 business class seats, 22 United Premium Plus seats, 47 Economy Plus seats and 52 Economy seats. As you can guess, the seats will be of a flat-bed variety in business class, matching its product from Newark. In addition, the belly space will be available for those who need to shift cargo.
Tickets are now on sale for these routes.
United’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Kirby said
“I have been waiting a long time to say this – United Airlines is back at JFK,”
“Come early next year, we will be serving all three major New York City area airports with a best-in-class product to provide our customers unmatched transcontinental service from New York City and the west coast.”
Kevin O’Toole, Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said
“The upcoming return of United to JFK while continuing service at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia Airports will offer more choices for transcontinental flights just as travelers return to the skies,”
“As the recovery begins, we’re pleased to see these increased options for those who choose to fly in and out of the Port Authority’s airports.”
Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and >New Jersey.
“United Airlines’ return to JFK Airport is a clear sign that air travel is returning in New York and across the region,”
“As numbers start to rise, the Port Authority is ready to welcome travelers back to JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia Airports with increased cleaning and sanitizing in all terminals and touch-free options from curb to gate to ensure a world-class travel experience even in these unprecedented times.”
A bold time to resume service to New York
With traffic still all over the shop, it’s a bold move by United Airlines, to say the least. With a premium-heavy service being offered (and akin to the American Airlines A321 Transcontinental) service being offered, United Airlines thinks there’s a lot of business to be made when travel starts to normalise.
It’ll be interesting to see if passengers agree and if United can recapture its customers who prefer departing Queens, as opposed to crossing into New Jersey.
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