United Airlines submitted a formal
application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) last
authority to launch a second daily flight between New York/Newark Liberty and
Shanghai Pudong beginning in June 2020.
The proposed additional flight
provides enhanced time of day coverage for customers traveling
between New York/Newark and Shanghai, with United offering both a
morning and afternoon departure from both New York/Newark and
"Our application for a second daily flight between New
York/Newark and Shanghai is in response to the demand for travel
between each country's financial center, which has grown annually
for the last several years," said Oscar Munoz, United's Chief
Executive Officer. "If approved, this additional flight will help
facilitate the development of increased business and tourism,
provide additional capacity for customers and further enhance
United's position both as the airline of choice to China and our
hub at Newark Liberty International Airport as the premier East
Coast gateway to Asia."
began service to China in 1986 and today operates more than 90 weekly flights from the U.S. to Greater
China. United and Star Alliance partner Air China have a
multi-year agreement that includes codesharing on more than 100
routes and provides customers of both carriers with additional
travel benefits, such as airport lounge access and frequent flyer
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