CHICAGO, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines, Chicago's hometown carrier, today begins the city's first-ever flights to Edinburgh, Scotland, with summer-season service through Oct. 5, 2014.
"United is pleased to add new seasonal nonstop service from Chicago to Scotland's capital," said Charles Duncan, United's vice president of the O'Hare hub. "This new route will offer direct service between the two cities and provide increased access for Scottish travellers to other destinations across the Americas, with convenient connections at the Chicago hub to United's extensive route network."
"On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are very excited to welcome new service between Chicago and Edinburgh by our hometown carrier, United Airlines," said Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. "This is fantastic news for our city, our airport and O'Hare travelers. The launch of air service to a new international destination from Chicago generates economic activity for our region and increases tourism opportunities."
The flights will operate five times weekly between May 22 and June 11, daily between June 12 and Sept. 1, and four times weekly between Sept. 2 and Oct. 5 (all dates eastbound).
Flight 118 departs Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 6 p.m., arriving at Edinburgh Airport at 7:45 a.m. the following day (all times local). On the return, flight 119 departs Edinburgh at 10:25 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 1 p.m. the same day. Flight times are seven hours, 45 minutes eastbound and eight hours, 35 minutes westbound.
United will operate the service with Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 seats in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus extra-legroom seats.
The new flights are conveniently timed to provide connections at the Chicago hub to and from more than 125 destinations across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
United in Scotland
United has been serving Scotland since 1998. In addition to the Edinburgh-Chicago service, the airline operates year-round nonstop service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport.
United in Chicago
United Airlines is O'Hare International Airport's largest airline. United and the United Express carriers operate more than 580 daily flights out of O'Hare. The airline offers more than 50 daily nonstop flights to nearly 40 international destinations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.
O'Hare International Airport, the fifth-busiest airport in the world, is United's hometown hub, with corporate headquarters in Chicago's Willis Tower. United offers frequent daily service to top business travel markets in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Houston. The airline proudly supports more than 40 Chicago-area organizations that address needs and issues to promote change for the better within the city.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the B787-9 as the North American launch customer, and will welcome 27 new E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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