United Airlines is launching new daily service between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and Santiago de Chile on December 7, offering the only non-stop service between the airline’s principal Latin American gateway and the Chilean capital.
The airline’s schedule for the service will see flight UA847 depart Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA code IAH) daily at 9:35 p.m. and touch down at Santiago’s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) at 10:10 a.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, flight UA846 will depart SCL at 11:00 p.m. and touch down at IAH at 5:55 a.m. the next day, local time.
Santiago is three time zones ahead of Houston, so the schedule timings given mean that both the outbound and inbound United Airlines flights have been given block times of between nine and 10 hours.
United will operate the flights using Boeing 767-300ER widebodies, each fitted with 214 seats – 30 flat-bed seats with 180-degree recline in United BusinessFirst and 184 seats in United Economy, including 49 Economy Plus extra-legroom seats. Every customer on the aircraft will have personal, on-demand, in-seat entertainment.
In addition to the new Santiago service, United is also adding flights to other destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean from several of its hubs. New daily flights between Denver and Panama City, Panama, began on December 3.
The airline will also launch new weekly flights from Chicago to Belize City in Belize, and from Houston to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
United’s new daily service to Panama City, operated by Boeing 737-700 aircraft, departs Denver International Airport (DEN) at 12:10 p.m. and arrives at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 8:00 p.m. local time.
The return flight leaves PTY at 9:15 a.m. and lands at DEN at 1:25 p.m. local time. United will operate the flights five times weekly in September and October 2015.
United’s Panama City service offers connections at Denver to more than 50 destinations across the United States, according to the airline.
Chicago-headquartered United has been serving Panama City since 1990 and operates one daily non-stop flight from its New York-area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and two daily non-stop flights from its Houston Bush Intercontinental hub.
On December 20, United will add weekly Saturday service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Belize City’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) and from Houston Bush Intercontinental to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).
The Belize flights will operate through August 15 and the Punta Cana flights will operate year-round, increasing to daily service for the summer peak-travel period from June 4 to August 17, 2015.
United Airlines serves a total of 62 destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, offering more than 930 weekly flights.