United Airlines - the wholly owned subsidiary of
United Continental Holdings Inc.
) - has launched its non-stop summer service between Chicago and
Edinburgh, as announced previously in Sep 2013. The flight marks
the first non-stop scheduled commercial service between the two
cities and will run till Oct 5, 2014.
Initially, United Airlines plans to run five flights every week
between May 22 and June 11 and then move on to operating daily
flights between Jun 12 and Sep 1. Thereafter, frequency will drop
to four flights a week between Sep 2 and Oct 5. United Airlines is
The Boeing Company
) narrow bodied 757-200 aircraft with 169 seats including 16
The east bound flights will depart Chicago at 6 pm local time
and will take 7 hours 45 minutes to reach Edinburgh, while the
flights to Chicago will take 50 minutes more. According to United
Airlines, the flights are strategically timed to allow passengers
to connect with 125 different destinations across the Americas.
Notably, United Airlines currently operates non-stop flights
between New York and Edinburgh, having initiated operations in
Meanwhile, this new airline service will not only enhance
passenger count but will also increase the transatlantic offering
at Scotland's busiest airport.
The addition of this new route comes as a strategic move given
that airline traffic flow is expected to increase in Scotland as
the country is set to host two popular sporting extravaganzas - the
Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in 2014. We believe United
Airlines wants to tap this opportunity by allowing more U.S.
visitors to avail the non-stop flight service between Edinburgh and
Such long haul routes provide United Airlines the impetus to
improve its traffic and capacity, thus boosting the company's
American Airlines Group Inc.
)-owned U.S. Airways Inc.'s recently launched inaugural flight to
Edinburgh from Philadelphia could lure away some of United
Airlines' potential Scotland-bound passengers. Further, United
Airlines faces stiff completion in the trans-Atlantic route owing
to Virgin Atlantic's tie up with
Delta Airline Inc.
), which has extended the latter's network presence within the
United Continental currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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