CHICAGO- This year, United Airlines (UA) has unveiled its international winter schedule, featuring an impressive addition of 50 daily flights compared to the previous winter.
Notably, United has achieved the distinction of becoming the first U.S. airline to offer direct flights from the continental U.S. to Manila, Philippines. Additionally, United is set to be the exclusive carrier connecting the U.S. with Christchurch, New Zealand, starting in December.
United 50 New Flights
United is making history by being the first U.S. airline to resume service to Beijing from San Francisco on November 9.
In total, United’s winter expansion is unprecedented in its history, with more than 110 international destinations and a schedule growth of over 25% compared to the previous year.
To cater to the rising demand for international travel, United has strategically expanded its network by introducing new services and increasing flights to key markets this winter. Some highlights include:
- Introduction of new service to Manila, Philippines, and upcoming service to Christchurch, New Zealand.
- New flights to destinations like Auckland, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Tokyo/Narita, San Juan, and Montego Bay.
- Daily service to Beijing and Shanghai.
- Extended service to Athens, Barcelona, Rome, and Paris.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, emphasized United’s commitment to maintaining an industry-leading international network. He stated, “Our focus is on continuously innovating and meeting our customers’ preferences for destinations and schedules. This winter is no different, as we continue to enhance our network and provide exceptional global connectivity.”
Asia Pacific Expansion
United Airlines experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for Asia-Pacific travel this year, leading to a significant expansion of its transpacific network.
This winter, the airline’s transpacific network is 94% larger than the previous winter, marking a historic expansion in the South Pacific.
United has rebuilt its China network and added 15 daily non-stop flights across the Pacific, surpassing its pre-COVID Asia-Pacific network for the first time.
United’s expansion in the South Pacific is the largest in aviation history, with over 40% more flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand this winter compared to the previous year. The airline will operate 66 flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand per week.
Key highlights include:
- First direct flight between the U.S. and Christchurch: Starting December 8, United will offer the only non-stop service between the U.S. and New Zealand’s South Island with its San Francisco-Christchurch route.
- New Los Angeles-Auckland service: On October 28, United introduced new service from Los Angeles to Auckland, reinforcing its position as the largest U.S. airline serving Auckland.
- New Los Angeles-Brisbane service: On November 29, United will become the largest carrier between the U.S. and Brisbane with its new Los Angeles service.
United is also rebuilding its network in mainland China. On October 1, the airline increased its service to Shanghai with a daily flight from San Francisco and will resume daily San Francisco-Beijing flights on November 9.
Across the Pacific, United’s network this winter is 61% larger than the combined network of all other U.S. airlines. The airline has added service to key markets, including:
- First and only direct service to the Philippines: On October 29, United became the sole U.S. airline to offer direct flights to the Philippines from the continental U.S. with its new San Francisco-Manila route.
- New Los Angeles-Hong Kong service: United is the only U.S. airline with direct flights to Hong Kong and introduced a new daily flight from Los Angeles on October 28. In total this winter, United offers three daily flights to Hong Kong from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
- Los Angeles-Tokyo/Narita service: On October 28, United resumed its daily direct service between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Narita. Combined with its existing service between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Haneda, United now connects Los Angeles to both of Tokyo’s international airports.
As the demand for transatlantic travel continues to reach historic levels, United Airlines is extending the duration of some of its most popular seasonal routes, allowing customers more time to explore.
During this winter season, United passengers can enjoy the following additional nonstop flight options:
- New York/Newark to Athens, Greece: Extended service available through November 28.
- Washington-Dulles to Barcelona, Spain: Extended service available through December 13.
- Washington-Dulles to Rome, Italy: Extended service available through January 8.
- Second daily flight from New York/Newark to Paris, France: Extended service available through January 8.
United will operate flights to 25 destinations across the Atlantic this winter, surpassing the combined offerings of all other U.S. carriers. Moreover, United is the exclusive U.S. carrier providing year-round, non-stop flights to Dubai, Geneva, Edinburgh, Berlin, and Amman.
Latin and Caribbean Flights
United Airlines is experiencing sustained growth in its Latin America and Caribbean operations, with a 30% expansion in its network this winter compared to the previous year.
In a significant development from its Denver hub, the airline has introduced two new Caribbean routes: Denver to San Juan, Puerto Rico, which began on October 29, and Denver to Montego Bay, Jamaica, set to launch on November 4.
United continues to enhance its service from major hubs such as Chicago, New York/Newark, and Washington-Dulles, offering flights to various Caribbean destinations, including Aruba, Bonaire, the Grand Cayman Islands, and The Bahamas.
The airline has also expanded its presence in Mexico, increasing its network by almost 15% compared to the previous winter. United now holds the position of the largest carrier serving the Riviera Maya region.
During the winter peak, United will provide over 200 weekly flights to Cancun from eight U.S. cities, marking a historic high. This includes daily flights from Cleveland and service using Boeing 777 widebody aircraft from Chicago, Denver, and Houston.
Furthermore, United is enhancing its service from San Francisco to leading Mexican beach destinations, with up to two daily flights to Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo.
United retains its status as the largest carrier to Central America and is continuing to expand its presence. This winter, the airline is increasing its service to popular destinations in the region, such as San Jose and Liberia in Costa Rica, San Salvador in El Salvador, Belize City in Belize, and Guatemala City in Guatemala.
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