To New Heights

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- June 14, 2019

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

United Airlines soars to new heights this year with unprecedented international route expansions from several U.S. gateways to destinations around the globe. The future is brighter and the world bigger for United travelers.

At the end of 2018, United announced its largest-ever network expansion from San Francisco International Airport, offering a number of new and enhanced routings. Since 2013, the airline has added 12 new international destinations from its hub at SFO; with the new flights, United serves 29 international destinations from the Bay Area, to Europe, India, the Middle East, elsewhere in North America and in Asia and Oceania.

San Francisco International is an important gateway for United, operating more than 300 daily flights as the largest airline at SFO. For 90 years, United’s presence at the airport has been felt, employing 14,000 people in the area and continuing to invest in the facility, just this year opening the 28,000-square-foot Polaris lounge.

Non-stop, daily, year-round service from SFO to Amsterdam (AMS) started March 30, on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, marking United as the first U.S. carrier to fly between California and the Dutch city. United already offers the most service between the West Coast and Australia of any U.S. carrier, and it will up the ante come Oct. 29, when service between San Francisco and Melbourne (MEL), three times weekly, launches.

Travelers can connect to more than 80 cities in India from San Francisco, when seasonal service to New Delhi (DEL) begins Dec. 5 on the Dreamliner. United added a second flight to Seoul (INC), four times weekly, on April 1, providing new time and itinerary options to Bay Area travelers.

In fall 2018, United launched the only non-stop service by a U.S. carrier between the mainland United States and Tahiti (PPT), and on March 30, they extended the seasonal service to year-round. Also in March, its service to Auckland (AKL) became year-round and United’s new twice-daily, non-stop, year-round service from SFO to Toronto (YYZ) took off on 737-800 aircraft.

In more monumental news for United Airlines, the airline announced tickets are now available for purchase for the first-ever, non-stop service by a U.S. carrier between Newark (EWR) and Cape Town (CPT). Three-times weekly service is slated to begin Dec. 15, subject to government approval. The new service will decrease the current travel time by more than four hours.

The service to Cape Town marks United’s 22nd new international route announced in the last two years, including non-stop service from the United States to Prague (PRG), Tahiti, Naples (NAP), Porto (OPO) and Reykjavik (KEF).

In more recent news, the U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively granted United Airlines four daily non-stop flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport for flights from United’s hubs at Newark, Chicago (ORD), Washington, D.C. (IAD) and Los Angeles (LAX). Pending completion of an agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments, the flights are anticipated for service in summer 2020.

United MileagePlus is here to get you to these destinations and beyond. United MileagePlus members can book Everyday Awards on flights operated by United and United Express. If a seat is available, eligible members have unrestricted access to book an Everyday Award. Learn more at united.com.

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