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Mon, 5 Nov 2018

United Airlines Applies for Second Daily Newark - Shanghai Service

United Airlines submitted a formal application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) last week, for 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 Shanghai.

United Airlines B737 MAX 9. Click to enlarge.

"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."

United first 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 program reciprocity.

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