New Flight Highlights
United is making changes to their route network post-merger with Continental, including the addition of new Domestic and International Flights. To increase efficiency and make the best use of the new, combined network, United is switching some flights between hub airports, such as Buenos Aires (EZE) being swapped from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Newark (EWR).
A few of the new schedule highlights include:
- New trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights from San Francisco (SFO);
- New flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to cities in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean;
- New Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Salvador non-stop; and
- Additional Frequencies between Denver (DEN) and Los Angeles (LAX)
The new flights will be operated by a mix of United mainline aircraft and United Express regional jets. The updated schedules are a result of conducting an analysis of routes where demand exists along and meeting the demand, preferably at a profit. The new and previously launched flights keep within the 2012 capacity guidance.
New trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic Flights from United’s San Francisco (SFO) Hub
The airline has a booming hub at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), including long-haul international flights across the Pacific to popular destinations such as Sydney, Australia (SYD) — Star Alliance Partner, Air New Zealand, operates a highly demanded non-stop to Auckland (AKL). Between connecting traffic, nearby Silicon Valley, and the sheer size and population of the San Francisco Bay Area, nonstop flights to Europe are in high demand as well.
New Services Include:
- Year-Round nonstop flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in Taipei, starting April 9, 2013 – subject to government approval.
- Year-Round nonstop flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) in Paris, as of April 11, 2013 – again, subject to government approval.
Government Approval is likely on these routes, but United won’t sell tickets on the Taipei route until approval is official.
The flight between San Francisco (SFO) and Taipei (TPE) will operate with the Boeing 777-200. The aircraft layout will accommodate 269 passengers with eight seats in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst, and 221 seats in economy. United’s Economy Plus, which provides additional legroom, will make-up 104 of the Economy seats.
A Boeing 767-300ER will be deployed on the San Francisco (SFO) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) flight. The Boeing 767 will be setup with 214 seats in total, breaking down to 30 in BusinessFirst and 184 in Economy, with 49 of those seats configured as Economy Plus.
United has an on-going investment in air service at San Francisco International Airport, which offers one of the nicest international arrival facilities among airports on the United States west coast. This year United is operating over 300 daily flights from San Francisco as the largest carrier at the airport – this number is an eight percent increase in departures over 2011.
Speaking of Air New Zealand and the trek down to Auckland, if you have a few minutes you’ll likely get a laugh with the most recent Air New Zealand Pre-Flight Safety Video. On another note, did you know they’re the only carrier that truly fly’s around the world?
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Hub to New US, Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean Markets
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is not only home to United Airlines, but a significant hub with not only connecting traffic, but a large base of origin and destination traffic. The Chicago Metro area has a population of nearly 10 million people according to the 2010 Census. Cook County, where Chicago is located, has a population of over 5 million while 2.7 million reside within the official Chicago city-limits.
New Flights Include:
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Monterry General Mariano Escobedo Airport (MTY), Mexico, as of December 19. Operated by United Express with the Canadair CRJ-700 seating 66 – six in first, 28 Economy Plus, and 32 Economy.
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Thunder Bay (YQT), Ontario, will start February 14, 2013 — operated by United Express with a Canadair CRJ-200 seating 50 in all economy.
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Nassau-Lynden Pindling Intl (NAS), Bahamas, will begin on February 9, 2013 with weekly, peak season Saturday flights, through July 27, 2013. United Express will operate this route using the Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet.
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Jackson-Evers (JAN), Mississippi, will launch November 14 as a United Express route. The Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet with 50 economy seats will be used on this route.
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Anchorage (ANC) for the winter peak-travel period of December 19, 2012, to January 2, 2013. The flight will operate with a United mainline Boeing 737-800 seating 154, including 16 in First and 138 in Economy including 48 Economy Plus Seats.
The Anchorage flight is in addition to the seasonal flights operated by Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl (ANC) Airport during the summer.
New Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington Dulles Flights
The additional flights are also being launched by United:
- Denver International (DEN) to Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN) in Williston, ND, will launch November 4, 2012. United Express ERJ-145 aircraft with 50 all-economy seats will operate this flight.
- Los Angeles International (LAX) to Kelowna (YLW), British Columbia, Canada, will start on December 19, 2012, with the CRJ-700 regional jet aircraft.
- Washington Dulles (IAD) and San Salvador International (SAL) in El Salvador will begin on December 19, pending government approval. A United mainline Boeing 737-800 with seating for 154 – 16 in First, 48 in Economy Plus, and 90 in Economy.
Other Recent New Routes
Over the past 18 months new routes from US hubs to destinations including Guadalajara, Mexico; Montreal, Canada; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Shanghai, China, and Stuttgart, Germany, have launched or re-started via another hub.
New intra-Asia flights via United’s Hub at Tokyo-Narita (NRT) to Hong Kong (HKG) have launched, as well as the Guam Hub (GUM) and Okinawa – Naha (OKA), Japan.
Other new launches include Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) and Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) and the East Coast Buenos Aires (EZE) flight was relocated to Newark Liberty International (EWR). Washington Dulles and Manchester, England, UK, as well as Dublin, Ireland, launched, and a new service between Denver (DEN) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) was announced.
The new, post-merger United now operates hubs in Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Guam (GUM), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Tokyo (NRT), and Washington Dulles (IAD).