United to start nonstop Washington Reagan National-San Francisco flights

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced it will launch daily nonstop service between its San Francisco hub and Reagan Washington National Airport, effective on May 14, 2012. Westbound service from Reagan Washington National to San Francisco will begin May 15.

With the addition of the new flight, United will serve San Francisco 13 times a day from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including United’s hub at Dulles International Airport. This is United’s first flight from Reagan Washington National Airport to San Francisco.

The new flight will depart San Francisco daily at 1:00 p.m. (1300) and arrive at Reagan Washington National at 9:17 p.m. (2117). The westbound flight will depart Reagan Washington National daily at 8:00 a.m. (0800) and arrive in San Francisco at 11:05 a.m. (1105).

United will initially operate the new service with Boeing 737-700 aircraft, with a total of 124 seats—12 in United First and 112 in United Economy.

In other news, in an election conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today won exclusive representation rights for nearly 17,000 Passenger Service and Reservation Employees at the new United Airlines.

The IAM received 8,305 votes during the seven-week election, while 5,865 votes were cast for no representation. The NMB determined there were 16,720 eligible voters. Winners in NMB elections are determined by a simple majority of ballots cast.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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