NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines introduces its first-ever service to Turkey this weekend with the launch of daily nonstop service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, beginning July 1.
Flight 904 is scheduled to depart Newark Liberty daily at 7:27 p.m. and arrive in Istanbul at 12:20 p.m. the next day. The return flight, 905, is scheduled to depart Istanbul daily at 1:55 p.m. and arrive in Newark at 6:02 p.m. the same day (all times local). Flying times are nine hours, 53 minutes eastbound and 11 hours, seven minutes westbound.
"We are delighted to add Istanbul to our global route network," said James Mueller, United's vice president, Atlantic & Pacific Sales. "Customers in the U.S. and Turkey will benefit from increased travel options with this new service."
Initially, the service will operate with a three-cabin Boeing 767-300 aircraft, featuring a total of 183 seats – six in United Global First, 26 in United BusinessFirst and 151 in United Economy, including 67 Economy Plus seats. Later this summer, United plans to fly this route with its newly-configured Boeing 767-300, which features 30 seats in United BusinessFirst, 49 in Economy Plus and 135 in Economy. Customers traveling in BusinessFirst in this enhanced aircraft will enjoy flat-bed seats, a 15.4" touchscreen monitor delivering on-demand inflight audio/video content, electrical and USB outlets, an iPod jack and a five-course meal with fine wines. Customers in Economy Plus will benefit from more legroom and more recline than Economy seats. Each Economy Plus and Economy seat in this upgraded aircraft features a 9" touchscreen on-demand inflight entertainment system, and all Economy rows have access to electrical outlets.
United's MileagePlus members can earn double award miles when flying this new service. To qualify, MileagePlus members must book and complete qualifying roundtrips by September 30, 2012 in booking classes F, A, J, C, D, Y, B, or M. Registration is required before travel. Click the following link to learn more: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/mileageplus/promotions/registrationDetails.aspx?promoCode=TB4M25.
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 193 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.
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