The northern winter season can be a tough time for airlines. As a result, many airlines adjust their winter schedule to better align with travel demand. United Airlines is doing the same. Several of its routes will see aircraft swaps, and some routes will lose capacity. Meanwhile, others will see an up gauge in service.
Changes at Newark
- Barcelona will swap from a 767-400ER to a 767-300ER between October 26 and December 18, 2019, and again from January 6 through February 9, 2020
- Brussels will swap from a 787-10 to a 777-200ER on February 13, 2020
- Hong Kong will swap from a 777-300ER to a 777-200ER on December 3, 2019
- Sao Paulo will swap from a 777-200ER to a 777-300ER from December 3, 2019
- Tel Aviv (UA084/085) will swap from a 787-10 to a 777-300ER from December 3, 2019
- Amsterdam will see a 767-400ER replace a 767-300ER from October 26, 2019
- Berlin will swap from a 767-300ER to a 767-400ER from December 19, 2019
- Rome will switch from a Boeing 767-300ER to a 767-400ER from February 14 through March 7, 2020
- Zurich will swap from a 767-400ER to a 767-300ER from December 19, 2019
- New service to Cape Town will launch on December 15, 2019, with 787-9s thrice weekly
Brussels and Hong Kong will lose out on true United Polaris seats. Meanwhile, Tel Aviv will still see the new Polaris seats since both daily flights will be on 777-300ERs. Sao Paulo is getting an upgrade from the smaller 777-200ER that features older business class. However, United is making progress with retrofitting existing aircraft with new Polaris seats.
San Francisco is going to see a number of changes this winter. Here are the following service adjustments:
- Auckland will swap from a 777-300ER to a 787-10 from December 3, 2019
- Frankfurt (one daily flight) will swap from a 777-200ER to a 777-300ER from February 12, 2020
- Shanghai will see three of seven weekly services on UA 857/858 swap to a 787-10 from a 787-9 between November 3rd and November 26th, 2019. UA891/890 will swap from a Boeing 787-8 to a 787-9 between October 29 and December 4, 2019. Then, from December 5th to February 12th, a 777-200ER will replace the 787-9. From February 13th, the 787-10 will replace the 787-9
- Tokyo Haneda will swap from a 787-9 to a 787-10 from January 6, 2020
- Tokyo Narita will see three of seven weekly services swap from a 777-300ER to a 777-200ER
- Osaka will see one of five weekly flights operated by a 787-9 instead of a 787-8
- Tel Aviv will swap from a 787-9 to a 777-200ER from October 26, 2019
- Amsterdam service will be suspended from October 27, 2019, for the winter
- New service to Melbourne will commence on October 29, 2019, with 787-9s flying thrice weekly
- New Delhi will see new daily service on 787-9 from December 5, 2019
Most of these routes will see new Polaris services which is a big plus for passengers. The new seats are much more private and cater to high-end travelers. United has a major presence in San Francisco since it is one of their hubs. And, they seem to be going all out in an effort to drive passengers to choose them on transpacific routes.
Guam will see the following winter service changes:
- Osaka will increase from seven to ten weekly services on Boeing 737-700s
- Hong Kong service will be suspended from October 15, 2019
- Nagoya will increase from 11 to 14 weekly flights from October 28, 2019
- Saipan will increase from 9 to 10 weekly flights from December 7, 2019
The following routes will also see some changes:
- Houston to London Heathrow will see a 767-400ER replace the 777-200ER on UA 5/UA 4 from December 10, 2019, through February 12, 2020
- Houston to Sao Paulo will swap from a 767-300ER to a 777-200ER from December 9, 2019, until February 12, 2020
- Los Angeles to Shanghai will no longer see 787-10 service, instead, the 787-9 will operate daily
- Washington-Dulles to Zurich will swap from a 767-400ER to a 767-300ER
- Chicago to Munich will swap from a 777-200ER to a 767-300ER from January 6, 2020
- Denver to Frankfurt will reduce from 7 weekly services to 5-6 weekly services in the winter on 787-8s
Are you going to fly on any of these routes with United? Let us know in the comments!
Routes Online provided information regarding United’s latest schedule changes for northern winter operations.