United Airlines released a teaser video on Instagram concerning new route announcements coming tomorrow morning. I downloaded the video, isolated some clues, and have a few predictions to make.
United Airlines Route Teaser – What Can We Draw Out Of It?
You may wish to start by watching the full video here:
I took some screenshots and offer brief commentary below each one.
This is ORD, right?
Look at the outline on the map. Could that be the Philippines? United has been battling for another slot there.
Could United be returning to Montevideo or adding a new city in Brazil?
More service to Lima?
Not sure what the 10 is, but +55 is the country code for Brazil.
Baghdad and Baku seem unlikely. Will United return to Bangkok?
Notice the bracelets on VP Patrick Quayle. Ghana and Ivory Coast. Perhaps a tag flight from Newark to Accra via Abidjan?
Both Abidjan and Accra also appear on the mobile phone…
No idea what these numbers represent, but I assume they mean something.
+49 is Germany’s country code. But I don’t think this is it. Instead, maybe this means from the 49th state (Alaska) to the 3rd state (New Jersey)? I also see the lei. Since United already flies Newark – Honolulu, perhaps Newark – Maui will be added?
I can’t figure out what airport that is. Any thoughts?
+234 is the country code for Nigeria. Nigeria is also Africa’s biggest pineapple producer. Maybe we’ll see Newark to Lagos as well?
No idea what this means, but it looks like the Big Island on the map.
This is clearly Vienna, VA, but could it be new Washington Dulles to Vienna service?
Another picture of Africa, though this time the eastern coast, though see below.
I think new service to Africa is a safe assumption.
Hawaii again, no?
I’m hoping for service to Bangkok, Accra and Lagos. There are still several countries in Africa I have yet to visit and this would be a great way to get started once again. I’ll share the news at 11:00AM ET tomorrow or earlier if it is leaked out. Stay tuned.
What clues do you discern from the video? What routes are you hoping for?