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United Ramps Up Its Summer 2017 Route Portfolio
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.
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.
|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
|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
|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.
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