United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) today filed an application with
the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting authority to offer
two daily nonstop roundtrips between Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport (DCA) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and one daily
nonstop roundtrip between DCA and Denver International Airport (DEN).
If awarded this opportunity, United will offer the only nonstop service
between DCA and California, and the first network carrier nonstop service
between DCA and Denver.
“We are excited by the chance to respond to customer demand for convenient
nonstop United service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
and both San Francisco and Denver,” said John Tague, executive vice
president, customer. “United`s proposed new DCA service will also offer
passengers their first chance to connect through United`s convenient
Western hubs to DCA.”
Air service to and from DCA is limited by law to airports within 1,250
miles of the airport (known as the perimeter). Legislation passed by
Congress in November 2003 created 12 new slot exemptions at DCA that will
allow airlines to offer six additional nonstop roundtrip flights between
DCA and Western U.S. points beyond the perimeter. The DOT is currently
reviewing airline applications for these slot exemptions in a formal
proceeding. In this proceeding, United hopes to gain DCA beyond-perimeter
slot exemptions for the first time.
“Our proposed nonstop San Francisco and Denver-DCA service fulfills the
intent of Congress to improve travel options between DCA and the West,
including small and medium-sized communities, while increasing
competition,” Tague explained.
Under United`s proposal, San Francisco would receive its first nonstop
service to DCA with an attractive twice-daily pattern. In addition to
providing greater convenience and service options between Denver and the
nation`s capital, United`s proposed Denver service would also deliver
much- needed access to Washington from many small communities beyond the
United plans to operate the proposed new routes with the largest aircraft-
type permitted at DCA, the Boeing 757 with 182 seats including 24 First
Class and 50 Economy Plus seats. From DCA to SFO, United would offer both
an early morning and a late afternoon departure; from SFO United plans two
morning departures to meet passenger demand. From DCA to DEN United
proposes a morning departure designed to optimize connections to flights
to points beyond DEN; from DEN, United`s morning departure is timed to
permit convenient DCA service from Denver and connecting points.
United serves more Western airports in the contiguous United States than
any other carrier. From Denver, United serves more domestic cities than
any other carrier through any Western hub.
United and United Express operate more than 3,400 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 Web site at http://www.united.com/ .