United Airlines will announce several new international routes tomorrow. A post on Twitter gives us some clues as to what they might be.
A short video posted on Twitter include shots from San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and New York:
New international routes landing tomorrow. Any guesses? pic.twitter.com/xXwDrd9Qh2
— United Airlines (@united) August 21, 2019
Under the leadership of Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Planning, United has been aggressive in its international route expansion and willing to test out new routes that the 787 has made possible, including Tahiti, Cape Town, and ultralonghaul flights to Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney.
I’m not expecting anything revolutionary, but since United invites guesses, here are three of mine.
Denver to Paris – the United flights to London and Frankfurt have done well and Norweigian’s Denver to Paris has also performed well. Even though Paris not a Star Alliance connecting hub, I think this route could work. I’d guess Munich, but Lufthansa already has covered and do not know if there is sufficient demand for a second flight. Or perhaps United will just make its London Heathrow service year-around.
San Francisco to Bangkok – ok, I guess I’m just hoping for this one. Commanding a premium yield is so difficult to/from Thailand and there are a slew of connecting options, but nonstop service might on a 787 might make sense and would certainly create buzz. Perhpas Guangzhou (CAN) as a back-up guess from SFO?
Chicago to Madrid – I’d love to see United metal to Madrid as well and if Iberia can make it work, United should too at least during the summer season even without the connecting traffic in Spain.
Newark to Zagreb – American is trying this and United would probably have success on this route during the summer months. Plus, Croatia Airlines is a Star Alliance member offering domestic and regional connections to/from ZAG.
It also would not surprise me to see a couple seasonal flights become year-around. I’d love to see Iceland become year-around, but not sure that is practical.
I’m looking forward to the new route announcements tomorrow, which will be announced at 10:00 AM Central Time. There were seven paper planes in the ad so perhaps we will see seven new routes?
Which routes do you think United will add tomorrow?