United Airlines has launched its largest transatlantic expansion in its history, anticipating a strong rebound in summer travel to Europe. In total, United will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights from mid-April to early June. This includes adding new non-stop flights to five premium entertainment destinations not offered by any other North American airline, including Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.
The airline is also launching five new non-stop flights to some of Europe’s most popular business and tourism hubs, including LondonMilan, Zurich, Munich and Nice. United also takes over the fourteen Atlantic routes historically served by the airline and is adding frequencies on six other routes.
United’s transatlantic network will be 25% larger than in 2019. With this expansion, United will serve more transatlantic destinations than any other US airline combined, and will be the largest transatlantic airline for the first time in history.
“We have long anticipated a strong rebound in demand, as evidenced by our significant strategic expansion in Europe, and with these new flights, we are proud to offer our customers more choice and access than ever before,” said Patrick Coyle, Senior Vice President. International network and alliances at United Airlines. “United continues to leverage its premier global network in new and exciting ways to help our clients create meaningful memories and experience new cultures around the world.”
United will launch a new DC to DC service between Washington DC/Dallas and Amman, Jordan on May 5. Guests can explore the many historical sites in and around Amman, as well as visit other destinations in Jordan, including Petra, the Dead Sea, and the Wadi Rum desert. United is the first airline to offer non-stop service between Amman and Washington DC/Dallas and will be the only North American airline serving Amman three times a week on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal
United will add a third Portuguese destination to its global network with new flights between New York/Newark and Ponta Delgada in the Azores starting May 13. The airline will offer more flights between the US and Portugal than any other North American airline and will be the only North American airline serving the Azores. This joins United’s existing flights between New York/Newark and Porto, and its flights between Washington Dulles, New York/Newark and Lisbon. United will fly the all-new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft featuring a new United interior design with enhanced seat back entertainment, Bluetooth connectivity and superior storage space for each customer.
From May 20, United will become the only US airline serving Norway with flights between New York/Newark and Bergen. United will offer service three times a week on board a Boeing 757-200, allowing customers to experience the breathtaking mountain landscapes of Bergen and fjords. United will provide the only non-stop service between Bergen and the United States.
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
United is expanding its beach destinations in Spain with three weekly flights between New York/Newark and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, starting June 2 with a Boeing 767-300ER. Mallorca is home to some of the pristine beaches in the world and inspiring dining and nightlife options. It will be the first and only non-stop flight between the United States and Mallorca and will add to United’s existing services to Madrid and Barcelona.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Travelers looking for a new beach destination can enjoy the stunning black and white sandy beaches of Spain’s Canary Islands with the new United flight from New York/Newark to Tenerife. United will be the only airline to fly non-stop between the Canary Islands and North America with a three-times-weekly service launch on June 9 with Boeing 757-200s. Along with the new service to Palma de Mallorca, United will serve more Spanish destinations from North America than any other airline.
European Extended Service
Due to the growing demand for travel in Europe, United is also launching a new service for some of Europe’s most popular cities, including:
- New daily trips between Boston and London Heathrow, which began on April 14 and is United’s only point-to-point ocean trip from Boston. This flight complements United’s non-stop service to London Heathrow from all seven United hubs.
- New daily trips between Denver and Munich, which began April 23 and joins existing service from Denver to Frankfurt and London. United is the only US airline to offer transatlantic service from Denver.
- New daily trips between Chicago and Zurichwhich started on April 23. United now offers more non-stop service between Switzerland and the US than any other US airline and is the only US carrier to offer non-stop service to Geneva.
- New daily trips between New York / Newark and NiceFrom the 29th of April. United will offer more premium seats in Nice than any other US airline.
- New daily trips between Chicago and Milan, starting May 6, to join existing seasonal flights between Chicago and Rome. United will be the only airline to offer non-stop service between Chicago and Milan, adding to its existing services between New York/Newark and Milan.
In addition to these new flights, United is increasing its services to popular European travel destinations, including:
- Second daily flights between New York / Newark and Dublinwhich started on April 23.
- Second daily flights between Denver and London HeathrowFrom 7 May.
- The second daily flight between New York / Newark and FrankfurtFrom 26 May.
- The second flight between New York / Newark and Rome Five times a week, starting May 27.
- Add a third day trip between San Francisco and London Heathrow And increase the service between New York/Newark and London Heathrow to seven daily flights as of May 28. With this additional service, United will offer 22 daily non-stop flights from the US to London Heathrow.
To help create excitement for these new routes, United launched two unique outdoor campaigns earlier this month, including digital billboards in downtown Boston to highlight Boston’s new service. – Air London Heathrow. United has also partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue in a series of galleries showcasing fashion inspired by United’s five unique routes across the Atlantic.
In addition to these European routes, United is also strengthening its presence in Africa as part of this transatlantic expansion. On May 8, United will expand its services to offer daily flights between Washington/Dallas and Accra, Ghana. The airline will also extend its current seasonal services to Cape Town throughout the year, with non-stop flights resuming from New York/Newark on June 5, subject to government approval.