As of December 18, 2015, United announced that they will commence a second daily nonstop service from Newark to Brussels next summer. Beginning on May 5, the service will operate through October 28, 2016.
Set to operate as United flight 44, the eight hour trip will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Newark before landing in Brussels at 11:30 a.m. the next day. United 45 will make the return flight, departing Belgium at 1:30 p.m. local time and arriving Newark at 4:20 p.m. local time the same day.
During the first few weeks of service, from May 5 to May 24, flights will be operated using the 757-200. This aircraft will also be used on the route between September 7 and October 28, 2016. Between May 25 and September 6, these flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300. The current service is operated with a 777-200, according to United.
“We are listening to the needs of our customers on both sides of the Atlantic and we are responding with an additional second daily service next summer,” said United’s Vice President of Atlantic and Pacific Sales Marcel Fuchs. “United’s service between our Newark hub and Belgium offers customers greater access to Europe’s capital city and options to connect to many destinations throughout Europe and Africa.”
As a Star Alliance carrier, the additional service will be included in United’s trans-Atlantic joint venture with partners Air Canada, Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS, and Brussels Airlines, according to the airline.
Brussels Airlines has expressed support for United’s decision. “We warmly welcome the decision of our Star Alliance transatlantic partner United to launch a second daily Brussels-Newark service,” said Frederic Dechamps, Brussels Airlines’ Vice President Sales Benelux, Europe, and America.