United provides new transatlantic flights for summer time 2023 to financial institution on journey restoration
Boeing 777ER United Airlines. Plane to Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
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United Airlines is planning another big increase in flight schedules for transatlantic travel, in a bet consumers will continue to shell out for international travel, some of which they’ve been putting off for years.
United says it will serve 37 cities in Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East next summer, more than other US airlines combined. It will also bring back destinations including non-stop flight from its hub Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Stockholm on one Boeing 757 on May 27th. It last served this city in 2019.
Airline executives recently reported a strong summer, particularly for European travel. United said demand during the peak summer was up 20% from 2019. Ticket sales were robust into the fall, prompting some airlines to operate more off-peak flights to generate that revenue.
Despite strong demand and revenues from high fares, airlines have been hampered this summer by a series of challenges such as delays and bottlenecks in aircraft deliveries and chaos from staff shortages at major European hubs such as those in London and Amsterdam, prompting airlines to reduce their capacities.
“This is a schedule that we believe we can meet,” Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of global network planning and alliances, told reporters. He said the airline is working closely with airports and other industry members to ensure it doesn’t overshoot.
Inflation, a slower business travel recovery, and other issues are still clouding demand for 2023. London’s Heathrow Airport warned on Tuesday that travel demand was “uncertain”.
When demand was weaker during the Covid pandemic, United experimented with its route map, offering destinations such as Palma de Mallorca in Spain and Ponta Delgada in the Portuguese Azores. Those flights are returning, though service to Bergen, Norway, didn’t make the cut for 2023.
United said Wednesday it will begin flights between San Francisco and Rome on May 25 on a 777-200ER, part of the airline’s major investment in service to Italy. On the same day, she will begin seasonal service to Shannon, Ireland from Chicago O’Hare International Airport on a Boeing 757 and daily services to Barcelona, Spain from Chicago on a 787 Dreamliner.
From May 25, it will also be offering flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Berlin with a Boeing 767. The airline plans to fly 23 daily flights to London Heathrow next summer.
On March 25, United will begin service between Newark and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates with a Boeing 777-200ER, flights announced last month as part of a new partnership with Emirates.
Delta Airlines is also expanding service to Europe for next spring and summer, increasing its transatlantic capacity by 8% from 2022.
The additions include a non-stop service to Geneva, more connections to London and the resumption of daily flights to Berlin, all from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.