United Airlines (Chicago) today announced it will inaugurate five-times-weekly nonstop service between its Chicago O’Hare hub and Shannon, Ireland, from June 6 to August 26, 2013, subject to government approval.
The airline will also launch a third daily service between its Houston Bush Intercontinental hub and London Heathrow, effective on March 30, 2013.
The Chicago-Shannon flight will depart Chicago O’Hare five times each week at 6 p.m. (1800), arriving in Shannon at 7:30 a.m. (073) the following day. The return flight will depart Shannon at 11 a.m. (1100), arriving in Chicago at 1:05 p.m. (1305) the same day. United will operate the flight using Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 in United BusinessFirst, 45 in United Economy Plus and 108 in United Economy. Eastbound service to Shannon will not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Westbound service to Chicago will not operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The additional Houston-London flight will depart Houston daily at 8:30 p.m., arriving at London Heathrow at 12:05 p.m. the following day. The return flight will depart London Heathrow daily at 1:05 p.m., arriving in Houston at 5:45 p.m. the same day. United will operate the service between Houston and London using Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with flat-bed seats, premium menu options and Economy Plus seats with additional legroom.
United will also launch three-times-daily service from the Washington Dulles hub to Fayetteville, North Carolina on February 14, 2013, and once-daily nonstop service from the Chicago O’Hare hub to Mobile, Alabama on April 9, 2013. United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the Chicago-Mobile services. United Express carrier CommutAir (Burlington) will operate the Washington-Fayetteville services.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 757-224 N29129 (msn 28969) approaches Los Angeles for landing.