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United (Continental) tweaks international routes…

Posted on 09 November 2011


A newly painted United Airlines plane, with Continental’s blue and gold colors and globe logo on the tail (top), leaves Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport on Oct. 1, 2010.

United Continental on Tuesday detailed plansfor four new international routes, though at least one “new” route appears to be the result of the company shifting a route from one hub to another.


From the company’s hub at Washington Dulles, United (Continental) will add daily nonstop service starting this May to Manchester, England. In June, United (Continental) will add service from Dulles to Dublin.


The Manchester route will begin May 1 while the Dublin route begins June 7, according to the aptly-named Airline Route blog. Airline Route says the airline will use Continental’s Boeing 757-200 jets on both routes.


“Although these are new routes, they are replacing existing 1 of 2 Daily service out of Newark during Summer season,” Airline Route adds in its post.


From Newark, United will begin daily nonstop service to Buenos Aires beginning in April, though Airline Route notes that service will “replace” United’s current nonstop service to Buenos Aires from Washington Dulles. United’s online booking engine appears to confirm that, showing no nonstop Buenos Aires flights from Dulles after April 5.


Bilateral aviation agreements between the United States and Argentina restrict the number of flights U.S. airlines can operate on routes to Argentina. That could mean United may not have enough fight “slots” for daily service to Buenos Aires from both Dulles and Newark, though it was not immediately clear if that was behind United’s move to “switch” the route. United also flies to Buenos Aires from its hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental.


Airline Route says the Newark-Buenos Aires route will begin April 6 on United Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.


From Los Angeles, United plans to add daily nonstop service to Durango, Mexico. That route will begin March 11 and will be flown with Continental Express Embraer E145 regional jets, according to Airline Route.


United (Continental)’s new trans-Atlantic routes picked up some press overseas.


The Manchester Evening News says United’s Manchester route restores the city’s link to Washington “more than six years after (British carrier) bmi scrapped its six-times-a-week service to the capital.” United also flies nonstop from Manchester to its hub in Newark.


“We are confident it will prove popular with passengers looking to access the American capital but, as with the Newark service, we have noticed a growing trend of inbound passengers looking to access the north of England,” Manchester Airport managing director Andrew Harrison says to the Evening News.


And in Ireland, the Irish Examiner notes “United’s new Washington DC service is the third new long-haul route to be launched from (Dublin’s) T2 since the new terminal opened late last year. US Airways launched a service to Charlotte, North Carolina last May, while Emirates Airline will commence a new daily service to Dubai from January 2012.”


United and Continental closed on their merger last year but continue to operate as two separate airlines under the newly create company United Continental Holdings.


The company claims it is able to add the new routes on the strength of the merger.


“Since our merger last year, the new United’s unmatched global route network and U.S. hub structure have allowed us to offer our customers more flights to more places they want to go,” Jim Compton, United Continental’s chief revenue officer, says in a release. “By adding these new international routes, we continue to put the right aircraft in the right markets to serve our customers’ needs.”


The release made no mention of the discontinuation of the Washington-Buenos Aires service.

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