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United Airlines Inaugurates New European Routes as Part of Huge Expansion

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Ahead of what’s shaping up to be a blockbuster summer for United Airlines, the Chicago-based carrier has inaugurated 2 more of the 10 new long-haul routes to Europe it’s planning to launch.

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, United began nonstop service between Chicago (ORD) and Zurich (ZRH), as well as Denver (DEN) and Munich (MUC).

“We have long anticipated a strong demand recovery, evidenced by our large, strategic expansion in Europe, and with these new flights, we’re proud to offer our customers more options and access than ever before,” said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances at United.

Here’s everything you need to know about United’s newest transatlantic services as well as the airline’s plans for Summer 2022.

United’s 10 New Routes for Summer 2022

United's new European routes for summer 2022
United’s new European routes for summer 2022. Image Credit: Great Circle Mapper

United’s hubs in Chicago and Denver are the latest 2 to welcome new nonstop services to Europe, with more on the way.

These recently launched new routes to Europe are part of a larger summer expansion by United. In fact, according to the airline, summer 2022 will bring about the most significant transatlantic network expansion in its history. In total, this summer will see a whopping 30 new or resumed routes.

The following routes (listed alphabetically) are brand-new services you can book with United this spring/summer:

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RouteStart DateFrequencyAircraftAdditional Information
Boston (BOS) to London-Heathrow (LHR)April 14, 2022DailyBoeing 767-300United’s only international service from Boston
Chicago (ORD) to Milan (MXP)May 6, 2022DailyBoeing 787-8Only airline offering nonstop service between Chicago and Milan
Chicago (ORD) to Zurich (ZRH)April 23, 2022DailyBoeing 767-300United offers the most nonstop flights to Switzerland of any U.S. carrier
Denver (DEN) to Munich (MUC)April 23, 2022DailyBoeing 787-9Only U.S. airline to operate transatlantic flights from Denver
Newark (EWR) to Bergen (BGO)May 20, 2022Mondays, Wednesdays, and FridaysBoeing 757-200Only nonstop service from the U.S. to Bergen
Newark (EWR) to Nice (NCE)April 29, 2022DailyBoeing 767-300United offers the most premium seats to Nice
Newark (EWR) to Palma de Mallorca (PMI)June 2, 2022Tuesdays, Thursdays, and SundaysBoeing 767-300First-ever and only nonstop service from the U.S. to Mallorca, Spain
Newark (EWR) to Ponta Delgada (PDL)May 3, 2022 (seasonal)Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; daily from June 3, 2022Boeing 737 MAX 8Only North American airline to fly to the Azores Islands
Newark (EWR) to Tenerife (TFS)June 9, 2022 (seasonal)Tuesdays, Thursdays, and SaturdaysBoeing 757-200Only airline to fly nonstop between the U.S. and the Canary Islands
Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Amman (AMM)May 5, 2022Mondays, Thursdays, and SaturdaysBoeing 787-8Only North American carrier with nonstop service to Amman

In addition, United will be increasing service to popular destinations in Europe with the following additions:

  • A second daily flight between Denver (DEN) and London-Heathrow (LHR); begins May 7, 2022
  • A second daily flight between Newark (EWR) and Dublin (DUB); began April 23, 2022
  • A second daily flight between Newark (EWR) and Frankfurt (FRA); begins May 26, 2022
  • A sixth and seventh daily flight between Newark (EWR) and London-Heathrow (LHR); beginning May 7 and May 28, 2022, respectively
  • A second daily flight 5 times per week between Newark (EWR) and Rome (FCO); begins May 27, 2022
  • A third daily flight between San Francisco (SFO) and London-Heathrow (LHR); begins May 28, 2022

Hot Tip: Some of the aircraft operating United’s new routes don’t have direct aisle access at every business class seat. If you’re considering a ticket in the pointy end of the plane, be sure to check the seat map carefully when booking to make sure you’re not disappointed when you board. 

Final Thoughts

United is giving its customers more options than ever when it comes to European travel for the summer. The carrier says this season’s expansion will bring it to a level of transatlantic capacity that’s higher than summer 2019, an almost shocking figure considering the state of the travel industry for the past couple of summers.

We’re certainly excited to see all these flights being added to United’s transatlantic route network and hope to see similar capacity increases across the Pacific very soon.

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Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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