United Airlines is adding three high-profile international routes – including two entirely new destinations – as it pushes ahead with aggressive international expansion.
The New Destinations – Naples, Italy, and Prague – will both be served from United's hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. Once the service launches May 22.
The third route is a new European link for the airline's San Francisco hub; nonstop service to Amsterdam begins March 30.
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United also confirmed that two seasonal European routes – Newark-Reykjavik, Iceland, and Newark-Porto, Portugal – will return to the schedule in May 2019 after debuting this year.
The new services are the most recent in a growing list of new international routes to be announced by United during the past two years. Highlights have included new routes to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Tel Aviv, Israel; Singapore; Tahiti, French Polynesia; and Sydney.
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"We United's first choice for travelers booking flights to Europe and beyond, "Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of the International Network said in a statement.
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United's Amsterdam-San Francisco route wants to go head-to United already flies to Amsterdam from its hubs at Chicago O'Hare, Houston Bush InterContinental, Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles.
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Newark Liberty – Naples, Italy
Seasonal service begins May 22 and runs through Oct. 4; one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Direct competition: None. Newark Liberty – Prague
Seasonal service begins June 6 and runs through Oct. 4; one day round-trip flight on Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
New York JFK. American flies nonstop to Prague from its hub in Philadelphia.
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San Francisco – Amsterdam
Year-round service begins March 30; Boeing 787-9 "Dreamliners."
Direct competition: KLM.
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