United planning non-stop Kuwait service

United Airlines is planning to offer customers three new weekly flights between Washington, D.C., and Kuwait City - adding the Middle East region to its global network.Pending foreign government approval, United plans to begin service in late October 2006. Customers will be able to make reservations beginning Saturday, May 27.

“Launching service to Kuwait further demonstrates our commitment to expanding our global network, bringing our passenger and cargo customers closer to the world’s key economic centers,” said John Tague, United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “Our business and cargo customers will soon have direct access into the Middle East where there is strong demand from the petroleum, energy and shipping industries.”

United plans to operate combined passenger and cargo service between the United States and Kuwait using a Boeing-777 aircraft configured with 10 United First Suite seats, 45 United Business seats and 198 United Economy class seats, including 84 Economy Plus seats.

The new route is expected to serve as an important cargo access point into the Middle East, due to the region’s high demand for oil and gas equipment, and perishables. Mail also is expected to represent a significant amount of volume on these flights.