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United Airlines announced this week that they will be increasing services between SFO and 18 destinations by adding new routes and more daily flights, as well as using bigger aircrafts.

Additional flights between SFO and 8 destinations

United is increasing the number of flights between SFO and eight destinations starting August 15 (except for Seattle)

  • 2 daily flights to Albuquerque (ABQ) , Baltimore (BWI), Indianapolis (IND), Nashville (BNA);
  • 3 daily flights to Kansas City (MCI) and Philadelphia (PHL)
  • 9 daily flights to Portland (PDX)
  • 10 daily flights to Seattle (SEA) starting August 1.

Larger aircraft on daily flights to 10 cities

Additionally, United also announced that it will convert select regional jet flights to larger mainline aircraft in ten cities. Service to Bozeman, Montana; Kansas City, Missouri; and Calgary, Alberta, are summer seasonal flights.

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New and expanded service to 7 destinations

United New Destinations June 2017

This new services were previously announced. Starting June 8, United will

  • start year-round daily service between San Francisco and Cincinnati (CVG), Detroit (DTW), Santa Rosa (STS), Spokane (GEG)
  • start seasonal daily service through September 5 to Hartford (BDL) and Kalispell (FCA) (starts July 1);
  • add summer service to New Orleans (MSY),  expanding service on this route to daily year-round.

It is kind of funny to see United starting daily service between SFO and Santa Rosa (STS), which is about 2 hour drive from SFO. Traffic in the bay area has gotten so bad that a commercial flight is justified.

CONCLUSION

Competition is always a good thing. The latest United service expansion is clearly a response to Alaska’s March announcement of 13 new nonstop routes out of the bay area. I love Alaska Airlines and always try to avoid United if I can. While United’s new announcement doesn’t impact me directly, competition is always a good thing. Hopefully we will see more cheaper fare out of Bay Area soon.

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