CHICAGO, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to continue to provide daily nonstop service from the airline's trans-Pacific gateway in San Francisco to Haneda Airport in downtown Tokyo. The airline also applied to begin serving Haneda with daily nonstop service from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. United currently serves four Asia Pacific points from Newark Liberty, more than any other U.S. carrier in the Newark/New York City metropolitan area.
"United's proposed service will connect two centers of global commerce and culture with Tokyo's close-in airport and offer customers more options for travel between the U.S. and Japan," said Steve Morrissey, United's vice president of regulatory and policy. "More than 150,000 customers from large and small communities across the U.S. have benefitted from United's San Francisco-Haneda service. We hope the DOT reaffirms its earlier decision that this route provides numerous consumer and competitive benefits."
United's application follows the DOT's recent announcement that the U.S. and Japanese governments amended the nations' air transport agreement enabling U.S. carriers to operate daytime flights to and from Haneda Airport. United's proposed daytime service to Haneda will provide customers with more convenient access to points throughout Asia from San Francisco and Newark Liberty. United offers more nonstop flights between the U.S. mainland and Asia Pacific destinations than any other airline.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 715 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 86,000 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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