SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today launched daily nonstop service from San Francisco to Paris, connecting Bay Area travelers to the City of Light and strengthening the airline's largest West Coast hub.
"We are excited to offer customers new service between two of the world's most culturally and economically diverse cities," said John Slater, United's vice president of sales – Americas. "Our customers tell us that they value convenient, nonstop service to top business and leisure destinations throughout the globe, and the launch of today's flight reflects our commitment to meeting our customers' needs."
"We are thrilled about United's new nonstop service between San Francisco and Paris," said Joe D'Allesandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association. "France is one of San Francisco's most important and fastest growing international markets, and this new service will increase our competitiveness and give potential visitors a new option to visit California."
San Francisco to Paris Service
Flight 990 departs San Francisco daily at 2:45 p.m. and arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 10:45 a.m. the next day. For the return, flight 991 departs Paris at 10:05 a.m. and arrives in San Francisco at 1 p.m. the same day. (All times are local.)
United operates this new service with Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which offer 30 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst, 49 seats in United Economy Plus and 135 seats in United Economy. The BusinessFirst cabin includes 15.4-inch touchscreen monitors for personal on-demand entertainment, electrical and USB outlets, iPod jacks and five-course meals with fine wines. Seats in Economy Plus offer customers more legroom to stretch out and relax. Each seat in United Economy features a 9-inch touchscreen with personal on-demand entertainment, and all rows include access to electrical outlets.
United in San Francisco
San Francisco is United's largest West Coast hub. With approximately 9,000 employees in the Bay Area, United offers nearly 300 flights a day from San Francisco International Airport, more than any other airline, including nearly 30 daily nonstop flights to more than 15 international destinations.
United also operates an extensive maintenance center at San Francisco International Airport, where the airline's technicians are completing a multi-year project to upgrade the airline's cabins with new interiors, flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in United Global First and United BusinessFirst, and new entertainment systems for customers in United Economy. United's San Francisco-based technicians are also outfitting the airline's fleet with satellite Wi-Fi.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 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.