United Airlines Celebrates 15th Anniversary
of Glasgow-New York Service
Service has carried 1.5 million customers since 1998
GLASGOW, July 16, 2013 – United Airlines marked 15 years of nonstop service from Glasgow to its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, with an anniversary celebration at Glasgow Airport today. Since it was launched on July 16, 1998, the service has carried over 1.5 million customers.
Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales, UK & Ireland, was joined by Campbell MacKinnon, Operations Director, Glasgow Airport and Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing, VisitScotland, at a celebratory event for customers at the departure gate.
“We thank customers for choosing United over the past 15 years,” said Schumacher. “Glasgow continues to be an important destination with strong customer support for the route. Our flight offers fast access to the most popular tourism and business destination in the United States as well as unparalleled connectivity to cities throughout the Americas via our New York hub.”
Campbell Mackinnon said: “Since its launch in 1998, United’s Glasgow to Newark service has proved extremely popular with business and leisure passengers alike. Not only does it generate considerable in-bound tourism revenue for Glasgow and Scotland, it allows businesses to access and trade with what is the world’s largest economy. Routes such as this enable Scotland to maintain and increase its global competitiveness and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate this landmark anniversary with United.”
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Efficient airline connectivity is key to Scottish tourism in a 21st century landscape. Busy lives and developments in technology mean that we all want to get to places quickly and easily whether that’s for business or leisure. This long-standing United Airlines route has done just that for 15 years, bringing visitors to our shores and generating millions for the Scottish economy. As we prepare to welcome the world in 2014, with a year of astounding events such as the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming, I am sure the New York United Airlines route will be busier than ever and we look forward to welcoming thousands more American visitors to Scotland.”
United flight UA162 departs Glasgow daily at 9:00 a.m. and arrives at New York/Newark at 11:25 a.m. the same day. The return flight, UA161, departs New York/Newark daily at 7:45 p.m. and arrives in Glasgow at 7:30 a.m. the next day (all times local).
From its Newark Liberty hub, United offers flights to more than 300 destinations across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 cities served nonstop.
The Glasgow-New York/Newark flight is operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom.
Onboard products and services
United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service. The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 6-foot, 4-inch lie-flat bed and features an Audio/Video on Demand entertainment system with a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor. BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.
United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and personal seat-back monitor delivering a multi-channel Audio/Video on Demand inflight entertainment system.
United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom. Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane on arrival.
In addition to its Glasgow service, United offers daily non-stop flights from Edinburgh to New York/Newark, which have operated since 2004.
United customers can book flights by visiting united.com, calling United reservations on 0845 607 6760 or contacting their travel agent.
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 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. According to the 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May 2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines.
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.
About Glasgow Airport
With some 30 airlines serving more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Gulf, it is Scotland’s principle long-haul airport. In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.
The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.