United customers arriving in London today on flight UA14 from Newark Airport were the first to experience the free transatlantic Covid-19 testing pilot programme from the carrier.
The airline hopes to share customer feedback on the pilot programme with governments on both sides of the Atlantic to further demonstrate the effectiveness of testing schemes.
It is hoped the move could make it easier for passengers to manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions of popular destinations around the world.
United Airlines has announced plans to expand its global route network with new non-stop service to Africa, India and Hawaii.
United Airlines is permanently getting rid of change fees on all standard economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the United States, effective immediately.
United Airlines has begun cleaning pilot flight decks with ‘Ultraviolet C’ lighting technology on most aircraft at its hub airports to guard against Covid-19.
New routes include flights to Asia, India, Australia, Israel and Latin America and continue to add ways to visit popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico.
United Airlines has confirmed the last three months have been the most difficult financial quarter in its 94-year history. The carrier reported a net loss of $1.6 billion, and an adjusted net loss of $2.6 billion, for the three months to the end of June.
United Airlines has introduced one of the first touchless check-in experience of any airline at London Heathrow Airport, allowing customers to check-in without touching the check-in kiosk, even if they are checking luggage.
United Airlines could be forced to furlough as many as 36,000 employees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier added it expects capacity for this month to be down 75 per cent compared to July last year.
The US-based carrier is adding nearly 25,000 domestic and international flights compared to July, and plans to fly 40 per cent of its overall schedule in August, as compared to the same month last year.