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United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 2:54 am


United Announces Significant Service Expansion from Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles

July 20, 2004

Additional daily flights serving 11 new markets open for sale
CHICAGO, July 20, 2004 - Beginning this fall and winter, United and United Express will introduce daily nonstop service in several markets from its Chicago O'Hare and Washington Dulles hub airports. The flight expansion increases United's breadth of service to cities where customer demand for air service is growing.

For Chicago O'Hare, the new daily service to six destinations will bring the total number of markets served nonstop by United and United Express to 134. Combined, United and United Express serve the most markets of any airline from Chicago O'Hare.

From Washington Dulles, new daily nonstop roundtrips to five cities will bring the total United and United Express markets served to 81, which is more than double the markets served by our nearest competitor at Dulles.

"Together with our United Express carriers, we continue to provide flights and schedules that our customers need and want," said John Tague, executive vice president of marketing, sales and revenue. "Our goal is to offer the best routes and most convenient schedules for our customers."

Service Expansion
From Chicago O'Hare, United on Oct. 4, 2004, will offer two daily nonstop roundtrip flights to Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., as well as one daily flight to Palm Springs, Calif., with seasonal service through April 2005. United Express carrier SkyWest also will add regional jet service from O'Hare to Edmonton, Canada, with two daily nonstop flights. In time for holiday travel, United on Dec. 16, 2004, will increase service to Aruba from Chicago O'Hare with one daily roundtrip, replacing the Saturday-only service.

From Washington Dulles, also effective on Oct. 4, 2004, United Express carriers will operate three daily roundtrips to Memphis, Tenn., and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., and two daily roundtrip flights to Milwaukee. The Memphis and Milwaukee flights will be operated by Air Wisconsin, and Shuttle America will operate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., service. Then on Oct. 17, 2004, United Express carrier Chautauqua Airlines begins nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Houston with two daily roundtrips, adding a third daily flight beginning on Oct. 31, 2004. Finally, effective Feb. 15, 2005, United Express carrier Air Wisconsin will introduce regional jet service to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with two daily flights from Chicago O'Hare and four daily flights from Washington Dulles.

All new flights open for sale today, except Myrtle Beach flights, which open for sale on Thursday, July 22.

About United
United, United Express and Ted (OTCBB: UALAQ.OB) operate more than 3,500 flights a day on a route network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's web site at www.united.com.

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 3:24 am

Is this a net addition of flights at ORD?

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 3:37 am

Yes, this is correct for more flight out of ORD & IAD and this is really good news for increase flights from ORD-AUA and they are doing so well wtih service to Aruba flight.
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 3:41 am

I love it, except...will this add to the delays at ORD?
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 3:48 am

Yes, it might to get delays at ORD and they already make reduce some of those flights out there at ORD. This is make saving time with both flight with AA & UA.

Here with the Yahoo News for expands more service from ORD-PSP, ABQ, TUS, AUA. Here it is:

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 3:50 am

The IAD-MKE routing is not at all surprising as I expected Air Wisconsin to pick up a lot of the RJ flying at Dulles upon ACA's endeavor into iAir. In fact, I suppose I'm a bit surprised it didn't happen sooner.

Good to see expansion, but I too wonder about ORD's ability to take on more flights like this...

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 4:02 am

I thought United was supposed to CUT BACK on the amount of departures/arrivals, not add more!  Insane
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 4:15 am

I believe both United and American reduced flights for the summer season, when weather related delays are more of a problem. Though the handful of flights really isn't that much of an expansion at ORD. TUS and ABQ have been on and off markets for United, sometimes having seasonal service, sometimes Saturday only... either way it saves many travelers who prefer United a double connect via DEN to get to the east.

The Dulles expansion seems rather meager. 3x ERJ to Houston. Seems like they could do more than 150 seats a day on that market.
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:01 am

Just a thought I want to throw out, nothing more...

Do you think they'll ever be a chance of a non-stop IAD-HNL flight? Or is this a stupid idea since they have recently started the ORD flight again? I think the load factor would be great. Who knows, maybe I'm just out in left field. Let me know what you think.
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:15 am

The IAD-IAH route (flown in years past) will be one of the first flown by Republic Airways' EMB-170s.
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:29 am

When is United Express going to do nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare to Augusta, GA?
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 12:25 pm

Hallelujah, I finally get my IAD-IAH nonstop so I can fly from JFK to IAH on UA without double-connecting, or connecting through SFO...
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 9:10 pm

nice to see the expansion at IAD. it's not a massive addition of service, but i think it's significant, and speaks well towards the often-doubted commitment of UA to the IAD hub. interesting how UA is attacking on a couple of fronts here by 1) going into NW, Midwest, and CO's dominant service to MEM, MKE, and IAH, respectively, and 2) also broadening its overall O&D and connecting network through IAD to keep a leg up on Indy.

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Wed Jul 21, 2004 9:44 pm

Mostly express flights doing the expansion
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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Thu Jul 22, 2004 3:54 am

why in the world would you go to SFO to get to IAH? Do you really love flying that much?

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Thu Jul 22, 2004 4:03 am

MILE$$$$$ is why he'd fly to SFO to get to IAH :P

I used to fly FLL-ORD-SFO-LAX-LAS  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

hey, it made me Premier Exec for 2 years

I think one run I did LAS-SFO-JFK-IAD-SFO-LAX-LAS one day when I got bored.


The added flights are only 15 or so per day. United is using their gates to their maximum. I believe that with this type of growth pattern, UA is still 80 flights below what they were at pre 9/11. (just more flights done by Toy Jets versus the 737s and 727s).

I think the IAD growth is more forward thinking, something UA needs to do to survive. They just need to let IndyAir do what they want, and UA focus on getting higher yield on board their own aircraft & sacrificing yield to push a competitor out of the market just doesn't do it (unless you are American Airlines)

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RE: United Expands At ORD And IAD

Thu Jul 22, 2004 12:32 pm

I seem to recall reading about how UA and AA at ORD's request were depeaking their operations to reduce delays. Invariably, other airlines quickly added to their own flights defeating that purpose. Is UA adding to the glut now too?

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