United Ramps Up Its Summer 2017 Route Portfolio

A United A320 on the ramp at Washington Dulles International Airport (Photo: Ryan Ewing)

This summer, United is increasing and revamping its route network, offering customers more options and destinations as the busy travel season slowly arrives. The airline will begin service between San Francisco (SFO) and Munich (MUC), which will be a seasonal route, which will be a new will be a new route for the airline. Also, one of the two current Newark-Tel Aviv flights will be operated by United’s newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER. 

Domestic wise, United is also adding service to an additional 30 cities and destinations across the country.

“Starting this summer we’re offering more flights, to more destinations at more convenient times than in recent memory,” said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines. “And with bigger and more modern aircraft for many of our flights, we’ll be getting you to the moments that matter most – relaxed and ready to go.”

International Service Expansion

This seasonal service between San Francisco and Munich will begin on May 24, and will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Service will be daily. United 194 departs SFO at 2:05 pm, and arrives MUC at 10:25 +1 day. The return flight, United 195, departs at 12:10 pm, and arrives 2:55pm the same day. Currently, the airline operates flights between SFO and Frankfurt, while their Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa, operates flights between Frankfurt and Munich.

Beginning May 5, one of United’s EWR-TLV flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, an upgrade from the Boeing 777-200 the airline currently uses. This will be the 777-300ER’s second international route, with the first being the San Francisco-Hong Kong route that will be upgraded later this year. United 90 departs EWR at 11:45 pm and arrives TLV at 4:20 pm the next day. United 91 departs TLV at 11:10 pm and arrives EWR at 4:35 am the same day.

Domestic Expansion

The airline is expanding and increasing frequencies throughout its network, offering better connection and optimization of their hub cities. These new routes provide customers more non-stop options, providing more convenient travel.

Thirteen cities will be added including four new destinations; Champaign/Urbana, IL, Columbia, MO, Rochester, MN, and Santa Rosa, CA. Overall, the airline will be adding 47 new round trips to its schedule. According to the airline, this adds nearly 8,700 more seats per day and around 90,000 new flight miles. The changes highlight the airline’s recent commitment from Investor Day to focus more on revenue growth in the domestic market.

New Markets

From To Frequency Start Date
DEN COU – Columbia, MO Daily Aug. 1
DEN SBP – San Luis Obispo, CA Daily June 8
EWR SMF – Sacramento, CA Daily June 8
IAH SGF – Springfield, MO 2 times Daily June 8
ORD CHO – Charlottesville, VA Daily June 8
ORD CMI – Champaign/Urbana, IL 3 times daily June 8
ORD COU – Columbia, MO 2 times daily Aug. 1
ORD RNO – Reno, NV Daily June 8
ORD RST – Rochester, MN 3 times daily June 8
ORD GEG –  Spokane, WA Daily June 8
SFO CVG – Cincinnati, OH Daily June 8
SFO DTW- Detroit Daily June 8
SFO GEG – Spokane, WA 2 times daily June 8
SFO STS – Santa Rosa, CA 3 times daily June 8
SFO BDL – Hartford, CT Daily June 8

Expanded Domestic Service

From To Frequency Start Date
DEN KOA – Kona, Hawaii Daily June 8
EWR SLC – Salt Lake City, UT Daily June 8
IAD FLL – Fort Lauderdale, FL Daily June 8
ORD TUS – Tucson, AZ Daily June 8
SFO MSY – New Orleans Daily June 8
SFO FCA – Kalispell, MT Daily July 1

Increase in Flight Frequencies

From To New Frequency
DEN ABQ – Albuquerque, NM 5 times daily
DEN FLL – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2 times daily
DEN MCO- Orlando, FL 4 times daily
DEN TPA – Tampa, FL 2 times daily
EWR ATL – Atlanta 8 times daily
EWR DTW – Detroit 7 times daily
EWR PDX – Portland, OR 2 times daily
IAD JAX – Jacksonville, FL 3 times daily
IAD PVD – Providence, RI 4 times daily
IAD PWM – Portland, ME 4 times daily
IAD ROA – Roanoke, VA 3 times daily
IAH ATL – Atlanta 8 times daily
IAH CHS – Charleston, SC 3 times daily
ORD FLL – Fort Lauderdale, FL 3 times daily
ORD RSW – Fort Myers, FL 2 times daily

*Tables provided by United

Overall the changes United has made to its schedule hope to bring additional revenue as it attempts to fend off competition in multiple areas. Ultra low-cost carrier Frontier has continued to compete at United’s hub in Denver, while Spirit Airlines has ramped up new routes in Houston. The airline hopes these new routes will further cement itself as the choice for customers looking for one-stop service to many destinations across the globe.

Samuel Chen

Samuel Chen

Ever since he made his first trip on a Boeing 747 in 2005, Samuel has been an AvGeek at heart. He is a dedicated United (ex-Continental) loyalist and frequent flier who attempts to live by Continental's slogan, "Work Hard, Fly Right." He has a huge love for the Boeing 777 along with any other Boeing wide body aircraft. Samuel is an avid collector of all types of airplane memorabilia ranging from model airplanes to in-flight magazines. In his free time, Samuel enjoys playing guitar and piano, and he is constantly on various airline websites scanning for any breaking news.
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