United Airlines is adding mainline service to San Jose, CA, years after abandoning Silicon Valley from two hubs. Twice daily service from Chicago began yesterday and once daily service from Newark begins today.
Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area is still booming. But as the region continues to grow, San Francisco International faces capacity issues. Thus, it is no surprise that underutilized Norman Mineta International Airport has seen great domestic and international expansion in recent years.
United will use mainline 737-800/900 or Airbus A319/320s for these news flights. No lie-flat seating, but more options for United flyers in San Jose.
Chicago, IL, US (ORD – O’Hare) to San Jose, CA, US (SJC)9:30 am – 12:04 pm (4h 34m)UA 1498 | Airbus A319
Chicago, IL, US (ORD – O’Hare) to San Jose, CA, US (SJC)7:34 pm – 10:10 pm (4h 36m)UA 1883 | Airbus A320
San Jose, CA, US (SJC) to Chicago, IL, US (ORD – O’Hare)6:45 am – 12:53 pm (4h 8m)UA 373 | Airbus A319
San Jose, CA, US (SJC) to Chicago, IL, US (ORD – O’Hare)1:30 pm – 7:35 pm (4h 5m)UA 346 | Airbus A319
New York/Newark, NJ, US (EWR – Liberty) to San Jose, CA, US (SJC)
4:29 pm – 8:04 pm (6h 35m)
UA 1729 | Boeing 737-800
San Jose, CA, US (SJC) to New York/Newark, NJ, US (EWR – Liberty)6:20 am – 2:50 pm (5h 30m)UA 2038 | Boeing 737-900
Direct Competition with Southwest and American
I love this news because United is showing signs of agressivness. American already serves ORD-SJC and Southwest does as well (from Chicago Midway). By going up against two entrenched competitors, United is showing a willingness to fight for business. United also serves San Jose from Houston and Denver on mainline.
Now how about an LAX flight again?
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