United Airlines plans to launch year-round and seasonal service on several new international and domestic routes, including new, daily transpacific and transatlantic flights from San Francisco, its largest Pacific gateway.
Chicago-headquartered United is also planning new flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to points in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Additionally, United Airlines is launching new “Capital to Capital” service between Washington Dulles International Airport and San Salvador; and more flights from Denver and Los Angeles.
United and its regional partners will operate these new routes with a mix of mainline and regional aircraft.
“These additional services underscore three commitments– to fly where our customers want to fly, to introduce new flights where we can profitably do so, and to be the clear leader in service and choice in each of our hub cities,” says Jim Compton, United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer.
The newly announced and previously launched services are consistent with United’s previously announced 2012 capacity guidance, according to the airline.
United will begin daily year-round service between its hub at San Francisco International Airport and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei on April 9, 2013, subject to government approval. It will operate the service with Boeing 777-200ER widebodies configured with 269 seats – eight in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst, 104 in United Economy Plus, and 117 in United Economy.
The new San Francisco-Taipei flights will be available for booking once United receives government approval.
United will also begin daily year-round service between San Francisco and Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on April 11, 2013, subject to government approval. It will operate the Paris flights with Boeing 767-300ER jets configured with 214 seats – 30 in BusinessFirst, 49 in Economy Plus and 135 in economy.
This year, United will operate more than 300 flights daily from San Francisco, more than any other airline and more than 8 per cent more departures from San Francisco compared to 2011.
United offers non-stop service from San Francisco to more than 60 airports across the United States, including those in top business travel markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, and to nearly 20 international destinations, including markets in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.
Daily service between United’s hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Monterrey, Mexico will begin on December 19, 2012, subject to government approval. The United Express flights will operate using Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet aircraft with 66 seats – six in first class, 28 in Economy Plus and 32 in economy.
The new Chicago-Monterrey flights will be available for booking once United receives government approval.
United will also offer daily United Express service between Chicago O’Hare and Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, using Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets fitted with 50 economy seats. The Thunder Bay flights will begin on February 14, 2013.
Weekly, peak-season service between Chicago and Nassau in the Bahamas will begin on February 9, 2013, subject to government approval. The flights will operate on Saturdays through July 27, 2013, using Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets operated under the United Express franchise.
United Express service between the Chicago hub and Jackson, Mississippi will begin on November 4, 2012. The United Express flights will be operated by Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets with 50 economy seats.
In addition, United will begin service between Chicago and Anchorage for the winter peak-travel period of December 19, 2012 to January 2, 2013.
The flights will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 154 seats – 16 in first class, 48 in Economy Plus and 90 in economy. This service is in addition to United’s summer-season flights between Chicago and Anchorage.
United offers nearly 600 non-stop flights each day from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to more than 150 destinations worldwide, which it says represents dozens more flight and destination options than any other airline offers from ORD.
The airline will also add three-times-daily service between Denver International Airport and Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston, North Dakota, beginning on November 4. The United Express service will use Embraer ERJ-145s.
From Los Angeles International Airport, United Express service to Kelowna, British Columbia will begin on December 19, operated by Bombardier CRJ700s.
United will also add daily service between Washington Dulles International Airport and El Salvador International Airport in El Salvador, beginning December 19, subject to government approval. It will operate the flights with Boeing 737 800s.
In the past 18 months, United has added new routes from its U.S. hubs to international destinations such as Guadalajara, Mexico; Montreal, Canada; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Shanghai, China, and Stuttgart, Germany, along with new intra-Asia routes between its Tokyo hub and Hong Kong and between its Guam hub and the Japanese island of Okinawa.
In addition, the airline recently launched new service from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria; from Newark Liberty International Airport to Buenos Aires and Istanbul; from Washington/Dulles to Manchester in the UK and Dublin in Ireland; and announced new service between Denver and Tokyo.
United also added a number of new domestic routes by using a mix of mainline and regional aircraft.