CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2003 - United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) today announced changes to its international flight schedule as part of the carrierå‘s strategic effort to optimize its international offerings. The changes include the introduction of daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Seoul, Korea, the discontinuation of service to Auckland, New Zealand and the transition of nonstop Miami - Rio de Janeiro service to one-stop service through Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Introduction of San Francisco - Seoul, Korea service:
Beginning June 2, 2003 United will introduce daily nonstop service between the carrier’s hub at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Seoul, Korea’s state-of-the-art Incheon International Airport (ICN). Tickets will be open for sale on January 14, 2003. In addition to meeting growing demand in and out of Korea, this service will link the hubs of United and new Star Alliance partner Asiana Airlines of Korea, creating convenient connections and shortened travel times between many communities in the Americas and throughout Asia.
United flight #807 will depart San Francisco daily at noon and arrive in Seoul at 4:40PM the following day. The return flight, UA #808, will depart Seoul daily at 1:45PM and arrive in San Francisco at 8:20AM the same day. United will operate the flights with Boeing 777 aircraft configured for three classes of service with the carrier’s popular First Suite product in the first class cabin. The Boeing 777 aircraft is configured with 10 seats in United First, 49 seats in United Business and 216 seats in United Economy.
Discontinuation of United service to New Zealand, continued service through Star Alliance:
United will close its station in Auckland, New Zealand March 30, 2003. The closing will affect 96 employees in Auckland. The last flight will depart Los Angeles for Auckland on March 27, 2003 and the return flight from Auckland will depart on March 29, 2003. Customers already booked for travel on March 30th and beyond will be accommodated on United code-share flights operated by Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand.
Transition of nonstop Miami - Rio de Janeiro service to one-stop service through Sao Paulo:
United also announced today the transition of its nonstop service between Miami and Rio de Janeiro to one-stop service via Sao Paulo, Brazil, effective March 12, 2003. At that time, United flights 860 and 861, which operate between Washington Dulles and Sao Paulo, will be extended to Rio, offering customers one-stop service to and from Washington, D.C. and points beyond. In addition, Rio customers will be able to connect easily in Sao Paulo to United’s nonstop service to Chicago and Miami. United flight #860 will depart Sao Paulo daily at 11:15AM and arrive in Rio de Janeiro at 12:15PM. The return flight, UA # 861, will depart Rio de Janeiro daily at 7:45PM and arrive in Sao Paulo at 9:10PM.
United Airlines offers more than 1,700 flights a day on a route network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about United may be found at the company`s website united.com.