United Airlines is expanding its international schedule from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, New York/Newark and San Francisco.
The carrier has announced brand new service to Nice, France; Palermo, Italy; and Curacao. It is also offering additional flights to Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Germany and Zurich, as well as resuming seasonal summer service to Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy, Porto, Portugal; and Barcelona, Spain.
“We’re always looking for ways to grow and expand our network to connect to more destinations around the world,” said United International’s Network vice-president Patrick Quayle. “These new additions help position United as the airline of choice for customers planning their business or leisure travel.”
In the last two years, United has announced 26 new international routes, including nonstop service between the United States and Prague; Cape Town, South Africa; Tahiti, French Polynesia; Naples, Italy; Porto, Portugal; and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Highlights of the airline’s 2020 schedule are:
- New daily, nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare and Zurich, Switzerland, beginning March 28, 2020.
- First-ever nonstop service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa, beginning December 15, 2019.
- Addition of second daily flight between New York/Newark and Amsterdam and Frankfurt, Germany, also beginning March 28, 2020.
- Expansion of service between Denver and London to year-round, beginning November 1, 2019 (subject to government approval).
- Expansion of recently announced seasonal service between San Francisco and New Delhi to year-round service.
- Expanded seasonal service between New York/Newark and Athens (Greece), Naples (Italy) and Porto (Portugal).
- Expanded seasonal service between Washington, D.C. and Barcelona, Spain.
In addition to adding routes, United is upping the number of premium seats on aircraft serving some of the most popular business and leisure destinations. The airline has reconfigured the seats on its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to offer 16 additional United Polaris business class seats in the premium cabin—a more than 50 per cent increase in all-aisle-access seating—bringing the total premium cabin seat count to 46. The aircraft also features 22 United Premium Plus seats; 47 Economy Plus seats and 52 United Economy seats.