United Airlines will offer an hourly service from Newark to both Washington, DC and London in 2020. While not a formal rebirth of United Shuttle, the new flight schedule hearkens back to days of old.
Andrew Nocella, United’s Chief Commercial Officer, announced the news at yesterday’s Media Day in Chicago.
New Hourly Service From Newark to Washington National
United will offer up to 13 flights per day between Newark and Washington National. United will utilize a combination of its new CRJ-550 and Embraer 175s regional jets. Both aircrafts offer two cabins of service.
- 10 seats – United First
- 20 seats – United EconomyPlus
- 20 seats – United Economy
- Embraer 175
- 12 seats – United First
- 32 seats – United EconomyPlus
- 26 seats – United Economy
While United’s new shuttle-like service will not have extra amenities like complimentary beer and wine or front and rear boarding, it will depart hourly, according to Nocella.
Continental used to run a formal shuttle service between National Airport and Newark, so the new routes are a blast from the past.
New Hourly Service From Newark to London Heathrow
United will add a sixth daily flight from Newark to London Heathrow starting in March 2020.
In addition to the 8:30AM morning service that arrives same-day in London, United will offer top of the hour departures at:
All flights will be operated by United’s new premium-heavy Boeing 767-300.
- Boeing 767-300
- 46 seats – United Polaris (Business Class)
- 22 seats – United Premium Plus (Premium Economy)
- 47 seats – United Economy Plus
- 52 seats – United Economy
The extra slot will not come from Air New Zealand, but Lufthansa. Nocella indicated that the slot was on loan from United’s close Star Alliance and Joint Venture partner.
With the new London Heathrow flight, United will offer a total of 18 daily departures from its six U.S. hubs to LHR. Its three-daily London flights from Chicago O’Hare will also include the premium-heavy 767.
New London Heathrow Marriott Hotel Baggage Delivery Program For Business Class Passengers From Newark
United also announced that business class passengers from Newark will be able to opt-in for free baggage delivery to five Marriott hotels in London as part of United’s expanded relationship with the behemoth hotel chain.
- JW Marriott Grosvenor House London
- London Marriott Hotel Canary Wharf
- London Marriott Hotel County Hall
- Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
- St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
I’ll have more details on the new London baggage delivery program in a post next week.
United’s hourly service from Newark to Washington National and London Heathrow with premium-heavy aircraft will debut next year. Both cities are already well-served from Newark, but United hopes the shuttle-like standardization of flight times will not only provide a more reliable and dependable schedule, but snatch business away from the competition.