United plans to offer five-times-weekly seasonal service between Chicago O'Hare and Shannon Airport in Ireland from June 6 to August 26, 2013. The airline...

United Airlines will offer five-times-weekly seasonal non-stop service between its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Shannon Airport in Ireland from June 6 to August 26, 2013, subject to government approval.

The airline will also begin operating a third daily service between its hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) from March 30.

United’s Chicago-Shannon flight will depart Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) five times a week at 6:00 p.m., arriving at Shannon Airport (SNN) at 7:30 a.m. the following day, local time.

United Airlines Boeing 757-200 N17105, one of the many aircraft which Continental Airlines brought to its merger with United, heads to the runway at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol


In the other direction, United’s flight will depart SNN at 11:00 a.m., landing at ORD at 1:05 p.m. the same day, local time.

United Airlines will operate the service with Boeing 757-200 single-aisle jets, each configured with a total of 169 passenger seats – 16 in United BusinessFirst, 45 in United Economy Plus and 108 in United Economy.

United Airlines eastbound service to Shannon will not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Westbound service to Chicago will not operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Non-stop flights from Shannon to Chicago offer customers the convenience of clearing U.S. Customs and Immigration prior to departure at Shannon, enabling more efficient connections and a streamlined arrival process at Chicago O’Hare.

Along with the Boeing 777-200ER and the 747-400, the Boeing 767-300ER forms the backbone of United Airlines’ long-haul fleet until the carrier replaces its aging 767-300ER fleet with the 50 Boeing 787-8s it has on order


United’s additional Houston-London Heathrow flight will depart IAH daily at 8:30 p.m., arriving at LHR at 12:05 p.m. the following day, local time. The return flight will push back from the gate at LHR daily at 1:05 p.m., touching down at IAH at 5:45 p.m. the same day, local time.

The carrier will operate the additional Houston-London flight with Boeing 767-300ER equipment, each aircraft offering flat-bed seats, premium menu options and Economy Plus seats with additional legroom.

Tickets for the additional Houston-London service will be available for sale from October 6.

With the new flight, United will offer more non-stop flights between Houston and London than any other carrier, according to the airline.

A large number of Embraer regional jets operate on the United Express network. Most are operated under a franchise agreement by ExpressJet, a subsidiary of Skywest, Inc.


The carrier will also launch three-times-daily United Express regional-airline service from its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) hub to Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY) in North Carolina on February 14; and daily service from Chicago O’Hare to Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) in Alabama on April 9.

United Express carrier ExpressJet will operate the Chicago-Mobile service. United Express carrier CommutAir will operate the Washington-Fayetteville services, using Bombardier Q200 or Bombardier Q300 turboprops.

In addition to linking Mobile and Fayetteville with United’s hub cities, the new United Express domestic flights are timed to offer convenient connections at the hubs to United’s global route network.

The Mobile and Fayetteville services will be available for sale from October 6.