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With summer 2018 vacation planning well under way, United Airlines announced this week that it is launching four new summer seasonal routes to Europe, including two destinations that it currently doesn’t serve.

4 new transatlantic routes for summer 2018

United’s four new transatlantic routes include two destinations it currently does not serve:

  • Newark (EWR) to Porto, Portugal (OPO), new destination, between May 4 to October 4
  • Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) new destination, between May 23 to October 4
  • SFO to Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) between June 7 and Oct 27
  • Washington/Dulles (IAD) to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) between May 23 and October 4

The SFO-Zurich flights will be operated using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, while the other three routes will be operated using Boeing 757 aircraft. Schedules for the new routes are as follows:

In addition to the above four new routes, United is widening the summer operating schedules of its 2018 trans-Atlantic routes from ChicagoSan Francisco and Washington/Dulles:

  • From May 5 to October 26 for Chicago/Edinburgh and San Francisco/Munich;
  • from April 9 to October 26 for Chicago/Dublin and Washington Dulles/Lisbon.

Award availability on new routes

All these new routes are already bookable, award seats are also loaded into the system. Unfortunately United is not making many award seats available on all new routes. Perhaps that would change later, but for now, if you are looking for saver-level business class awards, you would be disappointed.

While I am not a fan of United Airlines and don’t remember the last time I few United, I am still excited to see a new nonstop service to Europe from San Francisco, which is one of my home airports. But I am not able to find any saver-level business award seats on the new United flight in July and August 2018. Economy award is wide open.

Are you booking these new United routes to Europe next summer?


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