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United Airlines launches its United Corporate Preferred program

United Airlines today debuted United Corporate Preferred, the industry’s newest corporate travel program designed to offer top travel benefits to the airline’s most loyal business customers. United announced the new program this morning at the Global Business Traveler Association (GBTA) Convention in San Diego.

United Corporate Preferred is a new and exclusive benefits program that provides added perks for the airline’s top corporate customers. A multi-level program, United Corporate Preferred offers escalating benefits at three levels, including United Corporate Preferred, United Corporate Preferred Plus and United Corporate Preferred Elite. Eligibility for the new program is determined by a corporation’s contract status, revenue contribution and loyalty with United. Eligible corporate agreements include United corporate share agreements, United PassPlus and United Meetings.

“Every day thousands of road warriors are jetting off on United to work events and business meetings all over the world,” said Jake Cefolia, United’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales. “We designed our United Corporate Preferred program with the customer’s entire travel experience in mind, from booking to landing, to identify opportunities to show our appreciation to our loyal business customers with a program that offers extra perks and travel benefits.”

Benefits offered to all United Corporate Preferred customers include:

  • Preferred upgrades – tie-breaker preferences for upgrades.
  • Preferred standby – prioritization when traveling on standby for a different flight and when waitlisting for a seat in a different cabin or booking class.
  • Operational adjustment protection – protection during travel interruptions, as well as seat protection to retain the same or similar seat in the event of an aircraft swap.
  • Preferred discounts and offers – eligibility to receive exclusive promotions offered by both United and its partners in the near future.

Customers in the airline’s new United Corporate Preferred Elite level will also receive the following:

  • Additional travel waiver flexibility – when United has a travel waiver in place, customers will receive additional flexibility to adjust their travel beyond restrictions in place on the standard waiver.
  • Preferred boarding – later this year, customers will receive priority boarding in group two.
  • Preferred seating – later this year, customers will have access to book designated standard economy seats closer to the front of the plane.

To receive these benefits, tickets must be flown on United or United Express flights, reservations must include the customer’s corporate account number at the time of booking, and the travel must be for the corporate customer’s business. Companies invited to participate in United Corporate Preferred will receive a tailored webpage with information on benefits eligible to their employees.

United Airlines Boeing 777-222 ER N206UA (msn 30212) LHR (SPA). Image: 936600.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 777-222 ER N206UA (msn 30212) LHR (SPA). Image: 936600.

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United Airlines announces new nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv

United Airlines Boeing 777-224 ER N78013 (msn 29861) LHR (SPA). Image: 936611.

United Airlines today announced it will begin its 20th year of service to Israel with a new nonstop flight between its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport starting on May 22, 2019 – subject to government approval. The new flight will be the first to be operated by a U.S. carrier between the two cities.

Offering more nonstop service between the United States and Tel Aviv than any other U.S. airline, United’s new route to Tel Aviv will be the carrier’s fourth flight to Israel. United currently operates twice-daily service between Newark and Tel Aviv and daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.

Washington Dulles (IAD) – Tel Aviv (TLV) Starts May 22, 2019



City Pair




UA 72

Weds, Fri, Sun


10:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. +1

Boeing 777-200ER

UA 73

Tues, Fri, Sun


12:20 a.m.

5:50 a.m.

Boeing 777-200ER

Washington Dulles, a United hub since 1986, offers customers more than 230 flights daily across its domestic network and more than 30 international flights to key business and leisure destinations to 24 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

United Airlines has continuously served Israel since August 1999, when the airline began daily service between its Newark hub and Tel Aviv, and in 2004 it increased to two flights daily. In response to a growing demand for business and tourism travel, United became the first U.S. airline to operate nonstop service between the U.S. West Coast and Tel Aviv from its hub in San Francisco in March 2016, operating three flights weekly with Boeing 787-9 aircraft. In October 2016, United increased its service to daily and earlier this year began operating its newest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, from San Francisco (seasonally) and Newark (year-round).

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 777-224 ER N78013 (msn 29861) LHR (SPA). Image: 936611.

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United Airlines announces new Washington Dulles – Miami service and expands to 33 new destinations in four months

United Airlines Airbus A319-131 N806UA (msn 788) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940040.

United Airlines today announced it will begin new daily service between its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and Miami International Airport.

United is also increasing flying between its Washington Dulles hub and Orlando and Tampa. Beginning November 28, 2018, through January 6, 2019, United will increase to five daily flights to Orlando, and between December 26, 2018, through January 26, 2019, the airline will increase to four daily flights to Tampa.

From December19, 2018, through March 30, 2019, United will offer daily service between Washington Dulles and Miami and twice daily service during peak holiday travel, December 24, 2018, through January 6, 2019, with Airbus A319 aircraft (top).

In addition to its new service between Washington Dulles and Miami, United offers up to 16 daily flights to Miami from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and San Francisco.

New Washington Dulles – Miami service begins Dec. 19





Washington Dulles (IAD)

8:15 a.m.

Miami (MIA)

11:05 a.m.

Miami (MIA)

1:24 p.m.

Washington Dulles (IAD)

4:19 p.m.

Washington Dulles (IAD)

5:50 p.m.

Miami (MIA)

8:40 p.m.

Miami (MIA)

8:55 a.m.

Washington Dulles (IAD)

11:50 a.m.

This year, United has expanded service throughout Florida including Key West, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota/Bradenton and West Palm Beach from its hubs in Newark and Washington Dulles.

Boosting hub connectivity to domestic and international destinations

In the last four months, United has launched service to 33 destinations in 18 states from its domestic hubs. From each hub, the new flights offer customers hundreds of connection opportunities to destinations throughout the United States and to more than 110 international destinations in more than 50 countries around the world. In addition to new destinations, United has expanded service to more than 40 U.S. cities by adding either more flights or larger aircraft.

United’s new routes include:

United Hub

New Destination

Chicago (ORD)

Bismarck, ND (BIS)

Brownsville, TX (BRO)

El Paso, TX (ELP)

Fresno, CA (FAT)

Salina, KS (SLN)

Shenandoah, VA (SHD)

Wilmington, NC (ILM)

Denver (DEN)

Appleton, WI (ATW)

Jacksonville, FL (JAX)

Mammoth, CA (MMH)

Moab, UT (CNY)

Monterey, CA (MRY)

Norfolk, VA (ORF)

Prescott, AZ (PRC)

Vernal, UT (VEL)

Houston (IAH)

Akron-Canton, OH (CAK)

Dayton, OH (DAY)

Los Angeles (LAX)

Eureka, CA (ACV)

Glacier National Park/Kalispell, MT (FCA)

Mammoth, CA (MMH)

Medford, OR (MFR)

Missoula, MT (MSO)

Prescott, AZ (PRC)

Redmond, OR (RDM)

Sun Valley, ID (SUN)

Newark (EWR)

Elmira, NY (ELM)

Presque Isle, ME (PQI)

Rapid City, SD (RAP)

San Francisco (SFO)

Madison, WI (MSN)

Washington Dulles (IAD)

Lewisburg, WV (LWB)

Plattsburgh, NY (PBG)

Shenandoah, VA (SHD)

Wilmington, NC (ILM)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Airbus A319-131 N806UA (msn 788) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940040.

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United to add two United Express routes from Denver, will add Prescott, AZ

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N755SK (msn 10220) LAS (Bruce Drum). Image: 104425.

United Airlines is planning to add two new domestic United Express routes from the Denver hub. Both routes will be operated by SkyWest Airlines:

Mammoth Lake, CA – daily CRJ700 effective December 19, 2018

Monterey, CA – daily CRJ200 effective October 4, 2018

In other news, United will also add United Express service from Prescott, ZA on August 29, 2018 to both Denver and Los Angeles via SkyWest.

Finally, United will also offer Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 service to Hawaii:

Los Angeles – Kahului effective August 21, 2018

Los Angeles – Kona effective February 14, 2019

San Francisco – Kahului effective March 9, 2019

San Francisco – Kona effective March 8, 2019

Top Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N755SK (msn 10220) LAS (Bruce Drum). Image: 104425.

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United Airlines to purchase 25 new Embraer E175 and 4 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft

United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N17963 (msn 37812) LHR (SPA). Image: 942824.

United Airlines today announced orders to purchase 25 new Embraer E175 and 4 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

United expects to take delivery of the Embraer E175 aircraft in 2019 and expects to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2020.

The 25 new E175 aircraft will replace 25 CRJ700 aircraft currently being flown by our United Express partners. These new E175 purchases will allow United to offer a more comfortable and efficient aircraft to its customers.

The new 787-9 aircraft are part of United’s widebody fleet replacement strategy. The 787-9 is the longest-range version of the aircraft, while using 20 percent less fuel than older-generation aircraft. It will offer the airline’s all-new United Polaris business class seats and other modern amenities to provide a superior onboard experience to United’s customers.

Boeing also made the announcement:

Boeing and United Airlines announced the carrier has expanded its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner program with a repeat order for four more 787-9 airplanes. The deal, valued at about $1.1 billion per current list prices, was finalized this year and was listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

The 787-9 is the longest-range Dreamliner with the ability to fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers), while using 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. In United’s three-class configuration, the 787-9 seats about 250 passengers. The Chicago-based carrier also operates the smaller 787-8 and will be the North American launch customer of the larger 787-10.

United Airlines is one of the leading global carriers that have taken full advantage of the Dreamliner’s superior range and fuel efficiency, having deployed the 787 on some of the longest routes such as Houston to Sydney and San Francisco to Singapore. In all, the 787 Dreamliner family has made possible more than 180 new non-stop routes.

With this latest purchase, United Airlines has now ordered 55 787 Dreamliners. Nearly half of all 787 customers have placed repeat orders for the airplane.

The 787 is the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in history with nearly 1,400 sold and more than 700 delivered to customers. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 255 million passengers while saving an estimated 25 billion pounds of fuel.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N17963 (msn 37812) LHR (SPA). Image: 942824.

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United Airlines announces $1 million grant in national capital region

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N45905 (msn 34825) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 941916.

United Airlines announced today a $1 million grant to the Year Up National Capital Region to provide professional skills and transportation resources to the students in the program. The announcement represents United’s commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

At its Washington Dulles hub, United shared that it will work with the nonprofit organization Year Up to help close the “Opportunity Divide,” specifically addressing the main barriers to the organization’s program participants in the capital region: transportation and examination fees. By providing needed stipends and shuttle transportation from Year Up locations to internships and training opportunities in the region that would be difficult to reach without a personal vehicle, this grant will enable Year Up to provide motivated and talented young adults with technical and professional skills training to achieve upward economic mobility and access to meaningful careers within one year.

“Lifting up communities to provide a better life for our fellow citizens and brighter future for all people is at the heart of what we do at United to give back, which is why this partnership is fitting,” said Sharon Grant, United Vice President of Community Affairs. “We are proud to provide the resources Year Up needs in securing a brighter future for youth in the National Capital Region.”

“More than 40 percent of our young adults face transportation challenges, and this grant will allow us to provide more transportation resources at all stages of the program, as well as deepen other student services support,” said Guylaine Saint Juste, Executive Director of Year Up National Capital Region. “The generous grant from United Airlines will be able provide our students with more resources and remove barriers to their success.”

Nearly 100 United Airlines employees based at Washington Dulles and Year Up students from around the region attended today’s $1 million event. Following the announcement, Year Up students paired up with United employees for one-on-one mentoring, career coaching and a tour of the airfield and a 767 aircraft.

“The United Dulles hub has a long history of helping the communities we serve. Today’s announcement underscores the importance of taking the lead to partner with local organizations like Year Up to make a meaningful impact in the region,” said Omar Idris, Managing Director, United’s Washington Dulles hub. “We hope that our efforts to immerse students into the airline industry will encourage and motivate them to dream big.”

Today’s event is the third in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address pressing issues identified by local leadership in each of its domestic hub market communities – Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark/New York. The announcement represents United’s commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

Throughout these four-year grants, United will work hand-in-hand with local organizations and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements. Future announcements will include grant recipients in New York/New Jersey; Denver; Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N45905 (msn 34825) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 941916.

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United opens its Polaris Star lounge in Houston

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

United Airlines made this announcement:

Beginning this Friday, customers traveling in United Polaris® business class, the airline’s international premium cabin travel experience, will be able to relax before their travels and enjoy locally-inspired food and beverage offerings with the opening of the new United Polaris lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

“As we continue to increase momentum of the roll-out of United Polaris, we’re thrilled to bring this industry-leading lounge concept to Houston, where the lounge décor, food and drink are all a reflection of the city,” said Mark Krolick, United’s Vice President of Marketing. “We specifically designed this United Polaris lounge location to feel like a boutique hotel, with dedicated spaces for relaxation, refreshing and dining and we’re confident that our Houston customers and those connecting through this award-winning airport will enjoy a best-in-class lounge experience.”

United’s latest Polaris lounge exhibits distinct flair from Houston, the culinary and cultural capital of the South. Unique artwork is featured throughout the lounge by two Houstonian artists – Shane Tolbert and Terrell James. Food highlights include a Texas breakfast skillet, Cajun andouille sausage and chicken étouffée, Argentinean roasted chimichurri chicken, tres leches bites and the United Polaris Burger, which will be on the menu at all United Polaris lounges. The cocktail menu includes the Caliente on the Rocks, which combines Casamigos® Tequila, orange juice and a homemade sour mix, garnished with a jalapeño for an extra kick and caipirinhas, the traditional Brazilian cocktail made from muddled lime, sugar and cachaça. The lounge also serves house-made star anise-infused vodka and oolong tea-steeped bourbon.

United Polaris Lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Facts & Highlights

  • 191 seats
  • 324 power outlets and 264 USB ports
  • 2 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • 6 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
  • Personal valet services, including steaming garments
  • A private dining area with table service for up to 28 guests
  • 11 pieces of contemporary art

The opening of the United Polaris lounge in Houston closely follows the debut of United Polaris lounges at San Francisco International Airport in April and at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month. The United Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport is expected to open later this year.

On average, United plans to add one aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seat every 10 days from now through 2020. Beginning July 1, every seat in the United Polaris cabin will be provisioned with a cooling gel pillow. The gel pillow, previously available by request, has proven to be one of the most popular items of United Polaris bedding.

United’s Polaris Lounge in Houston is conveniently located in Terminal E, next to Gate E12. This is the most recent of several investments United has made in Houston, including the carrier’s announcement of a $1M grant to the Houston Food Bank as well as its long-term lease commitment at 609 Main in downtown Houston.

Photo: United Airlines.