United Airlines Adds New Routes From Washington DC

United Airlines is continuing to expand. Recently, United has focused on a Washington Dulles expansion and now, the carrier is set to launch two new domestic routes from the airline’s D.C.-area hub.

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United is launching two new routes out of Washington Dulles. Photo: Tomas del Coro via Flickr

The airline will launch two new flights from Washington D.C. to Madison, Wisconsin and Bangor, Maine. United Airlines provided Simple Flying with a press release outlining the launch of new routes from Washington-Dulles.

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Two new routes on United out of IAD. Rendering: Great Circle Mapper

United Dulles expansion to Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin (MSN) will see double-daily flights to Washington-Dulles (IAD) from May 8, 2020. These flights will be on United Express, United’s regional carrier. Below is the flight schedule for the flight (with the one-hour time difference) All times are local:

  • MSN-IAD departs 8:15AM and arrives at 11:30AM
  • MSN-IAD departs at 12:48PM and arrives at 4:03PM
  • IAD-MSN departs at 12:30PM and arrives at 1:50PM
  • IAD-MSN departs at 5:30PM and arrives at 6:50PM

These flights will operate with Bombardier CRJ700 or Embraer ERJ145 aircraft.

United will fly a CRJ700 on some days between IAD and MSN. Photo: United Airlines

New routes on United from Dulles to Bangor

Bangor, Maine is also set to receive double-daily service on United Express ERJ145 aircraft. These services are scheduled to start on June 4, 2020. Below is the flight schedule, all times are local and Bangor and D.C. are in the same time zone:

  • IAD-BR departs at 12:45PM with arrival scheduled at 2:49PM
  • IAD-BGR departs at 5:20PM with arrival scheduled at 7:24PM
  • BGR-IAD departs at 9:30AM with arrival scheduled at 11:27AM
  • BGR-IAD departs at 2:00PM with arrival scheduled at 3:57PM
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United will use an ERJ145 on all flights between Bangor, Maine and Washington-Dulles. Photo: Raymond Wambsgans via Flickr

United Express jets

Regional jets in the United States come in two different variants. On one hand, United operates a new, swanky CRJ550 equipped with enough room for everyone’s carry-ons.

On the other hand, some regional jets barely have enough room to stand up. The CRJ700 is larger than the ERJ145 and offers a true First Class product. A total of 70 seats fit in the plane with 6 First Class seats, 16 Economy Plus seats, and 48 Economy seats. Meanwhile, the ERJ145 is a 50-seater in an all-economy configuration with just a few extra-legroom economy seats. Furthermore, on both of these jets, passengers will likely need to gate-check their larger overhead cabin baggage.

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Passengers on United’s other regional jets will likely need to gate-check their carry-on bags. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

United’s expansion out of Dulles

Washington-Dulles is one of United’s hubs. Moreover, the airline has an incredible footprint out of the large airport. These new routes continue to grow connectivity out of IAD. In particular, the flights are opportunely timed for a host of transatlantic routes on either United or a partner airline.

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United is timing the flights to allow transatlantic connectivity. Photo: Boeing

Ankit Gupta, United’s Vice President of Domestic Network Planning, offered the following statement:

“This exciting new service will give United fliers convenient access between Madison and Bangor and the nation’s capital, a top tourist destination, along with greater connectivity to destinations across the globe. Dulles remains the largest global gateway for local travelers, and we will look forward to continuing to expand United’s superior network from the Washington region.”

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United is still growing from a major hub at Washington-Dulles. Photo: United Airlines


Generally, new flights out of a hub are focused on bolstering an airline’s connectivity. These flights give Bangor and Madison-area passengers new opportunities to fly to a host of destinations around the world on United.

Will you fly either of these two new United routes out of Dulles? Let us know in the comments!