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United Airlines has announced four new summer seasonal routes to Europe. Beginning May 4, United will fly one daily flight on Boeing 757 aircraft from Newark to Porto, Portugal. On May 23, United will commence Boeing 757 service from Newark to Reykjavik, Iceland and Washington Dulles to Edinburgh, Scotland. Both flights are daily. Rounding out the route announcement, United will begin service from San Francisco to Zurich, Switzerland on June 7 on 787-8 aircraft. All flights run seasonally through Oct. 4 save for the SFO to Zurich route which ends Oct. 27.
"As we continue growing our global route network we are offering more choice and convenience to travel internationally, something our customers have told us they want," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network. "The new seasonal summer flights offer customers even more opportunities to plan summer travel to four of Europe's most beautiful cities."
Amidst the backdrop of a rapid increase in low cost long-haul travel across the atlantic, United will face stiff competition on some of the newly announced routes. The Newark to Reykjavik route will be particularly competitive as United will go up directly against both Wow Air and Icelandair.
The expansion in Europe is part of United’s recent international push that includes new ultra long-haul routes from Houston to Sydney and LA to Singapore.
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