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United Airlines announces largest international route expansion in San Francisco

United Airlines today announced its largest ever international network expansion from its hub at San Francisco International Airport. The airline will offer Bay Area customers nonstop year-round service to Toronto and Melbourne, Australia and seasonal service to New Delhi. United also announced it will begin a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea. All routes subject to government approvals. In addition to the new routes, in 2019, United will begin new year-round nonstop service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand, Tahiti, French Polynesia and Amsterdam.

“This route expansion solidifies United’s position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond,” said Oscar Munoz, United’s CEO. “It serves as a fitting capstone to all our efforts that made 2018 a breakthrough year for United, from delivering strong financial performance to currently leading in on-time departures for the second year in a row.”

Since 2013, United Airlines has added 12 new international destinations from San Francisco. With these new flights, United will serve 29 international destinations from San Francisco, including eight cities in Europe, India, and the Middle East, seven in North America, and 14 in Asia and Oceania. United, the largest airline at San Francisco International Airport, operates more than 300 daily flights.

United has been a Bay Area company for 90 years and employs 14,000 people in the region, including 2,500 industrial jobs at its maintenance base, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary of operation. United continues to invest in the airport, this year opening the 28,000-square foot Polaris lounge near Gate G92 in International Terminal G.

San Francisco to Amsterdam

United recently announced it will offer nonstop daily year-round service between San Francisco and Amsterdam. With this new flight, United will be the first U.S. carrier to fly between California and Amsterdam. United currently serves Amsterdam nonstop from its hubs in Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C. The new San Francisco service begins on March 30, 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

San Francisco to Melbourne, Australia

Offering the most service between the U.S. West Coast and Australia by any U.S. carrier, United is adding new nonstop year-round service between San Francisco and Melbourne three times per week, beginning October 29, 2019. For more than 35 years, United has offered nonstop service to Australia. Today, United offers nonstop service to Sydney from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and provides nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne. United operates all flights between the U.S. and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

San Francisco to New Delhi, India

United’s new seasonal service between San Francisco and New Delhi enables business and leisure travelers nonstop access from the U.S. West Coast. The new flight will connect customers from more than 80 cities to India with just one stop in San Francisco. United currently offers nonstop service to Mumbai and New Delhi from New York/Newark. Seasonal service begins on December 5, 2019, with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

San Francisco to Seoul, South Korea

United is adding a second flight – flown four times per week – between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea. The airline has served Seoul for more than 30 years from San Francisco. The second flight will provide customers with new time and itinerary options, while providing convenient connections to more than 80 destinations. The additional flights begin on April 1, 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

San Francisco to Toronto, Canada

United’s new twice-daily nonstop year-round service between San Francisco and Toronto begins March 31, 2019, offering convenient connections for business and leisure travelers from throughout the western United States, Asia and the South Pacific. United currently offers more than 20 daily flights between Toronto and its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington Dulles. In addition to Toronto, United operates daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Calgary and Vancouver. United will operate service with Boeing 737-800.

San Francisco to Pape’ete, Tahiti, extended to year-round

This fall, United began the only nonstop service offered by a U.S. carrier between the mainland U.S. and Tahiti with its San Francisco – Pape’ete flight. The airline recently announced it is extending its Tahiti schedule to year-round service from San Francisco. Year-round service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays begins March 30, 2019. United operates Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft between San Francisco and Pape’ete.

San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, extended to year-round

Beginning March 30, 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with three-times-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United’s flight arriving in Auckland offers passengers more than 20 connections across the region and the return trip utilizes United’s extensive route network in San Francisco, which provides connections to the United States, Canada, and Latin America. United’s extended service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

2019 new international routes

Flight

From

To

Frequency

Depart*

Arrive*

Aircraft

UA104

San Francisco

New Delhi

Daily

7:15 p.m.

12:45 a.m. +2 days

787-9

UA105

New Delhi

San Francisco

Daily

4:00 a.m.

6:10 a.m.

787-9

UA060

San Francisco

Melbourne

Tue/Thur/Sat

10:50 p.m.

9:40 a.m. +2 days

787-9

UA061

Melbourne

San Francisco

Mon/Thur/Sat

11:40 a.m.

6:50 a.m.

787-9

UA805

San Francisco

Seoul

Mon/Tue/Thur/Sat

4:55 p.m.

9:35 p.m. +1 day

777-200ER

UA806

Seoul

San Francisco

Mon/Wed/Thur/Sat

11:25 a.m.

6:10 a.m.

777-200ER

UA565

San Francisco

Toronto

Twice daily

10:25 a.m.

11:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m +1 day

737-800

UA459

Toronto

San Francisco

Twice daily

7:15 a.m.

7:21 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

9:55 p.m.

737-800

UA968

San Francisco

Amsterdam

Daily

2:55 p.m.

10:20 a.m. +1 day

787-9

UA969

Amsterdam

San Francisco

Daily

2:50 p.m.

4:50 p.m.

787-9

*Schedules subject to change

2019 international route year-round extensions

Flight

From

To

Frequency

Depart*

Arrive*

Aircraft

UA917

San Francisco

Auckland

Tue/Thur/Sat

11:10 p.m.

7:20 a.m. +2 days

777-200ER

UA916

Auckland

San Francisco

Mon/Thur/Sat

2:30 p.m.

6:40 a.m.

777-200ER

UA115

San Francisco

Pape’ete

Tue/Thur/Sat

1:15 p.m.

6:55 p.m.

787-8

UA114

Pape’ete

San Francisco

Tue/Thur/Sat

9:15 p.m.

8:25 a.m. +1 day

787-8

*Schedules subject to change

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United Airlines expands partnership with Copa Airlines and Avianca

United Airlines Boeing 777-224 ER N78017 (msn 31679) (Star Alliance) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944609.

United Airlines today announced it has reached an agreement with Compañía Panameña de Aviación S.A. (Copa Airlines), Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. (Avianca) and many of Avianca’s affiliates, for a joint business agreement (JBA) that, pending government approval, is expected to provide substantial benefits for customers, communities and the marketplace for air travel between the United States and 19 countries in Central and South America.

Many more choices for customers

By integrating their complementary route networks into a collaborative revenue-sharing JBA, United, Avianca and Copa plan to offer customers many benefits, including:

  • Integrated, seamless service in more than 12,000 city pairs
  • New nonstop routes
  • Additional flights on existing routes
  • Reduced travel times

Drive economic benefits for consumers and the communities we serve

The carriers expect the JBA to drive significant traffic growth at major gateway cities coast to coast, which is expected to help bring new investment and create more economic development opportunities. Further, the JBA is expected to provide customers with expanded codeshare flight options, competitive fares, a more streamlined travel experience and better customer service, resulting in significant projected consumer benefits.

Better serve our customers

Additionally, allowing the three carriers to serve customers as if they were a single airline is expected to enable the companies to better align their frequent flyer programs, coordinate flight schedules and improve airport facilities.

“This agreement represents the next chapter in U.S.-Latin American air travel,” said Scott Kirby, United’s president. “We are excited to work with our Star Alliance partners Avianca and Copa to bring much-needed competition and growth to many underserved markets while providing a better overall experience for business and leisure customers traveling across the Western Hemisphere.”

“We are delighted to further solidify our existing partnership with United Airlines and look forward to increasing service options for our customers by working more closely with Avianca,” said Pedro Heilbron, Copa Airlines’ chief executive officer. “We believe this agreement benefits our passengers by providing competitive fares and a superior network of more than 275 destinations throughout Latin America and the U.S., and promotes further growth and innovation within the airline industry in the Americas.”

“We are certain that together we are stronger in the United StatesLatin America market than any of the three airlines individually,” said Hernan Rincon, Avianca’s executive president – chief executive officer. “This partnership will allow Avianca to strengthen its position as a first-level player in the airline industry in America as we will expand our scope in the continent with United and Copa, offering better connectivity to our customers.”

JBAs drive competition that benefits customers

Although JBAs have been proven around the world to benefit consumers and enhance competition, currently 99 percent of the U.S. carrier passenger traffic that makes connections in Central and South America does so without a JBA. Competition in the U.S.-Latin American market has grown and includes a diverse set of carriers offering service across multiple price points. Yet the market lacks a comprehensive revenue-sharing, metal-neutral network of carriers and the associated heightened competitive forces that drive value and better consumer experiences. The JBA represents an innovative, best-in-class new product offering that will make competition in this robust market even stronger.

“Our analysis shows that a metal-neutral JBA among United, Copa and Avianca will provide substantial benefits to consumers traveling between the relevant countries,” said Dr. Darin Lee, executive vice president of economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon and airline industry expert. “This JBA will enable United, Copa and Avianca to compete more effectively, offer competitive fares, and increase service, encouraging innovation and establishing a more robust and vibrant marketplace.”

To enable the deep coordination required to deliver these benefits to consumers, communities and the marketplace, United, Copa and Avianca plan to apply in the near term for regulatory approval of the JBA and an accompanying grant of antitrust immunity from the U.S. Department of Transportation and other regulatory agencies. The parties do not plan on fully implementing the JBA until they receive the necessary government approvals. The JBA currently includes cooperation between the U.S. and Central and South America, excluding Brazil.  With the recently concluded Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, the carriers are exploring the possibility of adding Brazil to the JBA.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): United Airlines Boeing 777-224 ER N78017 (msn 31679) (Star Alliance) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944609.

United aircraft slide show (Boeing):

United Airlines announces new nonstop service between Denver and Frankfurt

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N29907 (msn 34830) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 944200.

United Airlines (UAL), the U.S. carrier with the most service to Germany, today announced it will begin its 15th daily nonstop flight between the United States and Germany from its hub at Denver International Airport. The airline announced it will begin year-round service between Denver and Frankfurt, Germany, beginning May 2, 2019, subject to government approval.

United’s new service between Denver and Frankfurt is the only nonstop service from Denver to Germany by a U.S. carrier and is the airline’s ninth flight between the United States and Frankfurt. United currently operates daily nonstop service between Frankfurt and its hubs in Chicago, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Newark, San Francisco and Washington (Dulles).

Denver (DEN) – Frankfurt (FRA) starts May 2, 2019

Flight

Frequency

City Pair

Depart

Arrive

Aircraft

UA 182

Daily

DEN – FRA

3:40 p.m.

09:20 a.m. +1 day

Boeing 787

UA 181

Daily

FRA – DEN

11:05 a.m.

1:20 p.m.

Boeing 787

United Airlines has served the Denver community since 1937 and is the only airline to continuously operate service in Denver – operating 6.5 million flights and serving more than 580 million customers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N29907 (msn 34830) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 944200.

United aircraft slide show:

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United Airlines expands spring schedule, 5 new routes from Denver

United Airlines has made this announcement:

Just in time for Thanksgiving, United Airlines is giving families across the country a topic of conversation everyone can agree on at the dinner table – spring break vacation planning. The airline is adding nearly 150 additional flights between its hubs and popular spring break destinations including Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and select ski destinations.

United also announced the extension of its new seasonal nonstop service between Chicago (O’Hare) and Brownsville/South Padre Island through the end of the spring travel season in April.

Across the United States, United is adding seven additional flights to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; 15 additional flights to 10 cities in Florida; eight more flights to four islands in Hawaii, and 10 more flights to four of Colorado’s top ski destinations, including Vail, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs and Telluride.

Adding five new nonstop flights from Denver

United’s spring network expansion also includes brand-new nonstop service to beach destinations in Florida and Texas. The airline announced it will begin service between Denver and Destin, West Palm Beach, Pensacola and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, and between Denver and Brownsville/South Padre Island in Texas. With this new service, United offers more nonstop service between Denver and Florida than any other airline.

United showcases the Polaris business class seats on the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

United Airlines made this announcement on social media:

The first look inside our new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, complete with United Polaris business class seats and United Premium Plus seats.

All images by United Airlines.

United Airlines announces Boeing 787-10 aircraft will operate between Newark and six European destinations

United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its Newark hub beginning in March 2019.

United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing’s 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United’s 787-10 features 44 United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats. Tickets will be available for purchase on Dec. 3, for travel beginning March 30.

Boeing 787-10 International Schedule

Start

UA Flight

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

March 30

UA 960

New York/Newark

7:50 p.m.

Frankfurt (FRA)

9:20 a.m.

March 30

UA 84

New York/Newark

4:55 p.m.

Tel Aviv (TLV)

10:15 a.m.

April 29

UA 57

New York/Newark

6:40 p.m.

Paris (CDG)

7:45 a.m.

April 29

UA 120

New York/Newark

7:30 p.m.

Barcelona (BCN)

9:00 a.m.

May 22

UA 999

New York/Newark

6:30 p.m.

Brussels (BRU)

7:45 a.m.

May 22

UA 23

New York/Newark

7:25 p.m.

Dublin (DUB)

7:05 a.m.

Offering more service than any other U.S. airline from New York to Germany and Israel, United currently offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt and twice-daily nonstop service to Tel Aviv. United also operates daily service from New York/Newarkto Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and Paris.

Investing in customer-friendly advancements onboard

In addition to United’s signature all aisle access Polaris business class and United Premium Plus seats, United is investing in several customer-friendly advancements onboard. The aircraft features updated lighting patterns that mimic sunrise and sunset and are designed to help customers in each cabin fall asleep and wake up more adjusted to new time zones. A brand new seatback entertainment system is also available at every seat, which includes:

  • Split screen capabilities allowing customers to watch a movie and view the flight map simultaneously.
  • A relax mode for customers who want to customize a selection of soothing videos and relaxing audio playlists.
  • The world’s most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues.
  • Movie and television recommendations based on remaining flight time and previously watched content.

United previously announced its first 787-10 aircraft will begin operating between Newark and Los Angeles and San Francisco in January 2019.

The Boeing 787-10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9 and can carry more passengers and more cargo. The -10 aircraft can fly up to 6,430 nautical miles, while using 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. United currently operates 25 787-9 and 12 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft over the next two years.

Photos: United Airlines.

United Airlines becomes the first North American airline to welcome the Boeing 787-10 to its fleet

Today (November 5, 2018), at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner delivery center in Charleston, S.C., United Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 (N14001).

United is the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and the first airline in the world to have the entire family of 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet.

Boeing’s latest Dreamliner model is 18 feet longer than the 787-9, and can carry more passengers and cargo than previous 787 aircraft and uses 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. United’s 787-10 will feature 44 United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats.

“The United Airlines team is raising the bar again. With the new 787-10, United will fly the most fuel efficient widebody jet in commercial aviation today. The larger airplane comes with more seats, more cargo capacity, and the same Dreamliner comforts that passengers prefer,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company. “We are honored that United, a leading global carrier, has placed its trust in the 787 family, carefully optimizing their network with all three Dreamliner models.”

United is investing in advancements onboard the new Dreamliner. The 787-10 is the first aircraft to be delivered with United’s signature all aisle access Polaris business class and United® Premium Plus seats already installed. Updated lighting patterns that mimic sunrise and sunset colors will help customers in each cabin fall asleep and wake up more adjusted to new time zones. The airline is also installing a brand new seatback entertainment system that features:

  • Split screen capabilities that allow customers to watch a movie and view the flight map simultaneously.
  • A relax mode that lets customers customize a selection of soothing videos and relaxing audio playlists.
  • The world’s most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues.
  • Movie and television recommendations based on remaining flight time, previously watched content and movies and shows that have been added to a customer’s favorites list.

The aircraft is expected to enter service between United’s Los Angeles and Newark/New York hubs on January 7. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft.

Photo: United Airlines.