United seeks to add second daily New York-Shanghai flight

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United Airlines is looking to start a twice daily service between New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

The US carrier has submiited a formal application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to increase service between Newark Liberty and Shanghai beginning in June 2020 using a Boeing 777-200.

If approved, United said its second daily flight will create new opportunities for customers to conveniently connect to Shanghai from more than 90 U.S. and Canadian destinations served by United from New York/Newark.

United’s chief executive officer, Oscar Munoz said: “Our application for a second daily flight between New York/Newark and Shanghai is in response to the demand for travel between each country’s financial center, which has grown annually for the last several years.

“If approved, this additional flight will help facilitate the development of increased business and tourism, provide additional capacity for customers and further enhance United’s position both as the airline of choice to China and our hub at Newark Liberty International Airport as the premier East Coast gateway to Asia.”

This proposed additional flight provides enhanced time of day coverage for customers traveling between New York/Newark and Shanghai, with United offering both a morning and afternoon departure from both New York/Newark and Shanghai.

An expanded schedule will further enhance United’s service as the only US carrier serving mainland China and Hong Kong from the New York City area and in the Northeastern United States.