United Airlines has released plans to launch a major expansion for 2022. The scheme, which is set for next summer, will restart suspended routes as well as introducing new destinations.
United has a history of using provocative social media posts to build hype for a new product launch.
This year, a video shared across all social media channels challenged followers to guess which new routes the airline would be launching the next year, with winners getting free tickets to the new destinations.
On Thursday, the big news was revealed. Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliance announced not only the new routes but also some details of what is said to be the company’s largest-ever transatlantic route extension in history.
Quayle told a news outlet that the new ambitious schedule will begin in spring 2022 with flights to places where the company faces low competition from other US carriers, like Jordan, Norway, Portugal’s Azores archipelago, and Spain’s Canary Islands.
The reasoning behind this selection was based on the study of strong “Visit Friends & Relatives (VFR)” markets, which have been proven to be one of the major motives for travelers to engage in both domestic and international trips in 2021.
Without further ado, these are the list of routes travelers will be able to enjoy in 2022.
- Washington, D.C. – Amman, Jordan on May 5
- Newark – Azores, Portugal on May 13.
- Newark – Bergen, Norway on May 20.
- Newark – Palma de Mallorca, Spain on June 2.
- Newark – Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain on June 9.
- Washington, D.C. – Berlin, Germany in spring (date unavailable).
- Denver – Munich, Germany on April 23.
- Chicago – Milan, Italy in spring (date unavailable).
A number of routes that were halted due to the pandemic will be also relaunched.
- Washington, D.C., – Tokyo, Japan on March 26.
- Newark – Frankfurt, Germany (A second daily flight) on April 23.
- Chicago – Zurich, Switzerland on April 23.
- Newark – Nice, France on April 29.
- San Francisco – Bangalore, India on May 26.