Starting from the 2015/16 winter timetable, which comes into effect on 25 October 2015, United Airlines will be flying even more passengers non-stop between Hamburg and the airline’s New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. In future, the world’s second-largest airline will be deploying a larger aircraft on the route than they have to date, a wide-bodied Boeing 767-300. And, for the first time, United Airlines will also be carrying freight on the route. Until now, the airline has served the route with a narrow-bodied Boeing 757-200 aircraft.
“We are delighted that the United Airlines service from Hamburg is being expanded. The use of larger aircraft underlines the success of the Hamburg–New York route. United is responding to the strong demand on this non-stop route and at the same time increasing comfort levels for passengers,” comments Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport.
More comfort for business and leisure travellers
The Boeing 767-300 has 80 Economy seats, along with 71 Economy Plus, 26 Business Class and 6 First Class. This represents twice as many premium seats as in the narrow-bodied Boeing 757-200. For the first time, United Airlines is offering First Class seats on the Hamburg–New York route. The new aircraft is also characterised by more legroom, more space in the two aisles, and a sophisticated entertainment program. United Airlines also offers a comprehensive range of services to passengers on the flight.
Tourist numbers from the USA growing
In total, some 116,000 passengers flew the Hamburg – New York route in 2014, the majority using the non-stop United Airlines service. “Hamburg has been consistently growing in popularity with Americans in recent years,” says Eggenschwiler. “In 2014 alone, 85,000 US citizens visited the city. That is 77 percent more than a decade ago.” US visitors are currently the fifth-largest national visitor group in Hamburg.
New non-stop cargo service to USA
By transporting freight, United Airlines is linking two major economic regions with one another from this coming autumn. This aspect of the expansion is of interest for many Hamburg companies. The upcoming opening of our new freight facility will present many new opportunities for Hamburg’s economy. The new Hamburg Airport Cargo Center has been designed for an annual capacity of up to 150,000 tonnes of air cargo. It will open its doors in the spring of 2016. From there, freight can find its way to anywhere in the world – including New York. Fact: from the perspective of many Hamburg companies, New York is currently the biggest and most important US market. The deployment of larger aircraft is an adequate response to this market situation.
About United Airlines
United Airlines and United Express offer more than 5,000 flights per day to 373 airports on six continents. 2014, United and United Express carried 138 million passengers on almost two million flights. United is proud of having the world’s most comprehensive route network, with US hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. United operates a core fleet of 700 aircraft. This year, the airline will be taking delivery of a further 34 Boeing jets, including 787-9 and 737-900ER machines. The airline will also be welcoming 49 new Embraer 175 aircraft for United Express. United is a founding member of the Star Alliance, a network with a total of 27 member airlines offering flights to 193 different countries. United employs more than 84,000 people, based in every state of the USA and many countries around the world. Flights can be booked online at https://www.united.com/web/de-DE/Default.aspx and in travel agencies.