Yesterday United hinted at launching three new international routes. They did this by providing three anagrams with the names of the cities, saying that the routes would officially be announced today.
Sure enough, United has just announced three new international routes. Let’s look at the details.
New year-round San Francisco to Amsterdam flight
The first route is probably the most exciting, because it’s both daily and year-round. United will operate a new daily, year-round flight between San Francisco and Amsterdam as of March 30, 2019. The schedule will be as follows:
UA968 San Francisco to Amsterdam departing 2:55PM arriving 10:20AM (+1 day)
UA969 Amsterdam to San Francisco departing 2:50PM arriving 4:50PM
Seasonal Newark to Naples flight
Next, United will operate a new daily seasonal flight between Newark and Naples, between May 22 and October 4, 2019. The schedule will be as follows:
UA964 Newark to Naples departing 5:25PM arriving 8:05AM (+1 day)
UA965 Naples to Newark departing 10:10AM arriving 2:05PM
United will use a 767-300 for the route. The seatmap for this flight shows United’s old business class product, though there’s a chance the planes will be reconfigured between now and then. However, I imagine a seasonal leisure route isn’t necessarily a top priority for getting the new seats.
Seasonal Newark to Prague flight
Lastly, United will operate a new daily seasonal flight between Newark and Prague, between June 6 and October 4, 2019. The schedule will be as follows:
UA188 Newark to Prague departing 6:05PM arriving 8:25AM (+1 day)
UA187 Prague to Newark departing 10:10AM arriving 1:30PM
United will use a 767-300 for the route, and the story with Polaris seats is the same as it is for Naples.
It’s great to see US airlines expanding beyond traditional business markets and trying something new, as we’ve also seen this from both American and Delta in recent days. The above three United routes are all on sale already, though as of now there’s no saver level award availability. I imagine that this will change over time.
What do you make of United’s new flights to Amsterdam, Naples, and Prague?