Category Archives: United Airlines

Expedia Group and United Airlines announce multi-year agreement

Expedia Group has announced it has signed a new, multi-year agreement with United Airlines, which operates flights to nearly 360 destinations in 57 countries. This new agreement ushers in an expanded relationship, meeting the strategic objectives of both companies and benefiting travelers around the world.

The agreement continues Expedia Group’s leisure distribution with United, expands United’s relationship with Expedia Partner Solutions, builds on United’s relationship with Egencia, Expedia Group’s corporate travel business, and the companies will work to expand cooperation into other areas in the near future.

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United is moving its 14 Boeing 737-9 MAX jets to Goodyear, AZ for storage

United Airlines has announced it is moving its 14 Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft to desert storage in Goodyear, AZ (near Phoenix).

The move should be completed by mid September.

United previously cancelled all revenue flights of the type in its schedule through November 3 (now extended to December 19). This is likely to be extended as the type remains grounded (except for ferry flights).

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United Airlines announces 12 new and expanded international destinations from Chicago, Denver, Newark and San Francisco

United Airlines today unveiled an expanded international schedule from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Newark and San Francisco.

United’s announcement includes brand-new service to Nice, France; Palermo, Italy; and Curacao. The airline also announced customers will have more options when planning travel to Europe with additional flights to Amsterdam; London; Frankfurt, Germany; and Zurich and will resume its seasonal summer service earlier to popular destinations including Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; Porto, Portugal; and Barcelona, Spain.

New seasonal service between Newark and Curacao, Nice and Palermo

Just in time to escape the winter weather, United is adding Curacao to its Caribbean route network and enabling customers access to all of the ABC islands, including Aruba and Bonaire. Curacao, United’s 21st island destination in the Caribbean, will operate on Saturdays beginning December 7, 2019, with Boeing 737-700 aircraft, subject to government approval.

United’s unparalleled global route network provides customers with easy access between the United States and many of the world’s top vacation destinations. Beginning May 2, 2020, United will offer customers daily nonstop service between Newark and Nice, France – the gateway to the French Riviera. The airline will operate service to Nice with its premium Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 46 United Polaris business class seats – offering the most premium seats between the United States and southern France of any U.S. airline.

In addition, beginning May 20, United will be the only airline offering nonstop daily service between the United States and Palermo, Italy, the capital city of Sicily and United’s fifth Italian destination: the most of any U.S. airline. Service to Nice and Palermo is subject to government approval.

In the last two years, United has announced 26 new international routes, including nonstop service between the United States and Prague; Cape Town, South Africa; Tahiti, French Polynesia; Naples, Italy; Porto, Portugal; and Reykjavik, Iceland. United offers the most international destinations from New York City of any U.S. airline.

Offering more international service from Chicago than any U.S. carrier

United will begin daily nonstop year-round service between Chicago O’Hare and Zurich on March 28, 2020. Offering the most flights of any U.S. airline to Switzerland, United will operate service between Chicago and Zurich with its premium 46 Polaris business class Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. From Chicago, United Airlines operates to more year-round international destinations in Europe, Asia and South America than any airline. Zurich is its seventh year-round European destination from Chicago. The new service will complement existing flights from Newark, San Francisco, and Washington.

Offering customers more options to get to Amsterdam and Frankfurt

In addition to United’s brand-new and extended routes from its Newark gateway, United announced the addition of a second daily flight between Newark and Amsterdam and Frankfurt, Germany. The additional flights, beginning March 28, 2020, will enable more customers from across the United States to easily connect to Amsterdam and Frankfurt. United, the U.S. carrier with the most flights to Germany, will operate its second daily year-round Frankfurt service with its premium Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 46 United Polaris business class seats. The airline will operate its second daily seasonal flight to Amsterdam with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 30 United Polaris business class seats. United currently offers nonstop service from five U.S. cities to Amsterdam, including Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark, Washington and San Francisco.

Increasing service to London and New Delhi

Subject to government approval, United will expand service between Denver and London to year-round, beginning November 1, 2019, with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. United is the only carrier offering customers both nonstop trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights from Denver. In addition to London, United offers nonstop year-round service to Frankfurt, Germany, and Tokyo/Narita.

Originally announced as seasonal service between San Francisco and Delhi, United is expanding the route to year-round service. United will provide business and leisure travelers nonstop access to India from the U.S. West and East Coasts. United will operate its first nonstop service from the U.S. West Coast to India with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft beginning Dec. 5, 2019.

Planning a European summer getaway has never been easier

United announced it is extending its seasonal services between Newark and Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; and Porto, Portugal, and between Washington and Barcelona, Spain. United will resume service one month earlier between Newark and Porto, Portugal, on March 28, 2020, and will resume service between Newark and Athens and Naples, and between Washington and Barcelona two weeks earlier, on May 8, 2020.

The only airline to fly nonstop between the U.S. and Cape Town, South Africa

Announced in April of this year, United will begin operating the first-ever nonstop service between Newark and Cape Town, South Africa, on December 15, 2019, with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. United’s new service decreases the current travel time from New York to Cape Town by more than four hours and will provide customers from more than 80 U.S. cities with easy, one-stop access to Cape Town at United’s Newark hub.

United Airlines adds new service to Tokyo Haneda Airport

United Airlines today announced it will begin service between four of its U.S. hubs and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Tokyo. United will begin operating nonstop service between Chicago, Los AngelesNewark and Washington, D.C. and Tokyo Haneda on March 28, 2020, subject to government approval.

United currently offers daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Haneda. Tickets for United’s new Haneda flights will be available for purchase starting Saturday, August 17.

Google Maps: Haneda (HND) is closer to downtown Tokyo than Narita (NRT).

In addition to United’s new Haneda flights, Tokyo’s Narita International airport will continue to be a hub for United with nonstop daily service between Narita and Denver, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco. With the start of these new routes, United will no longer serve Narita from its Chicago and Washington D.C.hubs, and will shift these flights from Narita to Haneda.

United Airlines improves prepaid travel program for individuals and corporate customers

United Airlines today announced improvements to United PassPlus, the airline’s prepaid program that offers discounts, fixed fares and amenities to both individual and corporate customers. United will migrate PassPlus later this year to United Jetstream, the airline’s industry-leading sales portal, to enhance the customer experience and to enable more business customers easier access to manage the product and their travels.

“PassPlus has always been the most versatile prepaid product in the industry thanks to three different pricing options that each provide the right combination of savings, predictability and flexibility for the customer,” said Glenn Hollister VP Sales Strategy and Enablement at United. “Adding it to United Jetstream takes this program to the next level: customers will be able to actively manage and review how they use their benefits and how they leverage the product in a one-stop shop.”

Once PassPlus moves to United Jetstream all customers will be able to use the portal to:

  • Apply amenity dollars toward MileagePlus Premier status, United Club memberships and more
  • View real-time balances and reporting of amenity and prepaid funds
  • Add travel funds and book travel on United and its joint venture partners
  • View and renew PassPlus contracts automatically

United Jetstream will also make it more seamless for new customers to join and enjoy the benefits of PassPlus. PassPlus can be combined with existing corporate agreements, and customers who choose to add PassPlus Exec to their product portfolio will have easy access to manage both of their corporate product agreements through a single United Jetstream login. Individuals interested in joining PassPlus can follow the new self-registration to choose the option right for them in a few easy clicks. United Jetstream will also unlock additional capabilities to tailor program components to make PassPlus more beneficial for individuals and companies of all sizes.

All photos by the airline.

United Airlines Flies 787 Dreamliner With All-female Crew to World’s Largest Airshow

Today, United flew a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner crewed exclusively by women to the largest airshow in the world, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, to symbolize the airline’s commitment to supporting women in aviation. Joining the pilots and flight attendants onboard this historic flight were nearly 100 other women representing a variety of United’s workgroups such as Airport Operations, Inflight Services, Flight Operations, Technical Operations, Network Operations and more.

Upon arrival in Oshkosh, United female crew members and leadership met with EAA GirlVenture campers, approximately 70 female high school students interested in aviation, to discuss pursuing careers in the field and to tour the aircraft. The airline’s Chief System Pilot Bebe O’Neil later announced an additional scholarship for aspiring female aviators at the Women in Aviation Luncheon. United has supported the Women in Aviation International Conference for more than a quarter of a century and annually provides scholarships to women pursuing careers as pilots.

Today’s initiative demonstrates United’s longstanding commitment to supporting women in aviation such as employing the most female pilots of any major airline and as the first and only commercial airline to sponsor an all-female technicians team in the international aerospace skills competition. In 2018, United held Girls in Aviation Day events in a record number of 12 locations around the world, and has plans to add even more locations this coming fall.