DENVER, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced plans to launch daily nonstop service linking its Denver hub with two new markets: Shreveport, La., and Grand Forks, N.D. In addition, United will expand existing summer-season flights between Denver and Anchorage to year-round service.
Today's announcement comes one week after United announced daily, nonstop service between Denver and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport, starting in the spring of 2013.
"These new routes cap off a monumental month for Denver, for United and for our customers," said James Starnes, director of Domestic Planning for United. "United is committed to the 'Mile High City,' and these new services underscore our commitment to bring to Denver the best network and schedule that any airline offers."
Shreveport: Once-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Shreveport starts Aug. 28. United Express carrier ExpressJet will operate the flight with a 50-seat Embraer regional jet. Shreveport Regional Airport serves north Louisiana, east Texas and southwest Arkansas. Shreveport offers everything from outdoor festivals and comedy shows to live theatre and symphony performances. Great shopping and dining also await visitors to this historic Louisiana town.
Grand Forks: Twice-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Grand Forks International Airport begins Oct. 3. United Express carrier SkyWest will operate the flights with 50-seat Canadair regional jets. The Grand Forks area offers a mix of sporting events, a lively arts scene, miles of hiking and biking trails, and a vibrant downtown.
Anchorage: United's seasonal service between Denver and Anchorage, launched May 1 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will operate year-round. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport plays an integral role in the growth of Anchorage and the state of Alaska. Anchorage is the place for adventure, steeped in famous wildlife, inspiring mountain vistas, fascinating cultures and amazing glaciers. Anchorage blends metropolitan luxuries with natural wonders to create an unforgettable destination.
United offers more flights to more destinations worldwide from Denver than any other airline, with nearly 400 peak-day departures to 125 destinations throughout the year. United flies to nearly 50 more cities than the next-largest carrier at Denver International Airport, and is one of Denver's largest private employers, with nearly 5,000 employees who proudly call Denver home.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 375 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 125 new aircraft deliveries from 2012 through 2019, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 25 Airbus A350XWBs. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 190 countries via 25 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 or follow United on Twitter and 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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