United Airlines has announced that it is ceasing operations at Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Oct. 25, 2015 and will bolster its operations out of Newark Liberty International Airport which will be its New York hub.
The move follows United entering into two separate transactions in which Delta Air Lines plans to acquire United’s JFK slots; while United plans to acquire slots from Delta in Newark.
Each of those transactions is subject to regulatory approval.
In announcing the move, United also unveiled plans to bring its “p.s.” Premium Service to Newark Liberty in October.
Starting Oct. 25, 2015, all regularly scheduled Newark-Los Angeles and Newark-San Francisco flights will offer flat-bed seats in the United BusinessFirst cabin; premium in-flight service; more extra-legroom Economy Plus seats than any other carrier; and modern interiors with in-flight Wi-Fi and personal on-demand entertainment with individual seat-back monitors and power ports for customers in every row.
With the addition of p.s. service at Newark Liberty, United customers flying on transcontinental flights to and from Newark in the BusinessFirst cabin will, for the first time, enjoy flat-bed comfort for their entire journey when connecting to and from flights across United’s extensive trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific networks.
United will cement its role as the leader in transcontinental flying with more than 1,250 daily flat-bed seats – the most in the New York market – and a 44% increase in flat-bed seats year-over-year. The airline will fly up to 17 daily round trips Newark-San Francisco and up to 15 daily round trips Newark-Los Angeles, leading the industry with a total of up to 10,000 round-trip seats offered per day on the two combined key transcontinental routes.
Manhattan business travellers, particularly those who work on Wall Street and throughout lower and western Manhattan, enjoy easy access to Newark Liberty, the most convenient of the three New York-area airports.
United has also announced today that it is making a multi-million dollar investment to renovate United’s Terminal C lobby and to bring its new airport lounge design concept to all United Club locations at Newark Liberty.
The carrier has already invested more than $2 billion to build a world-class gateway at Newark Liberty where, with its airport partners, the airline is offering chef-driven restaurants, redesigned lounge-like gate areas and improved United Club locations.
Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer, said of the move: “The introduction of p.s. to Newark Liberty, the New York/Newark region’s premier airport, offers Los Angeles and San Francisco travelers the highest levels of service in the air and on the ground.”
And Compton concluded: “We are investing in the three critical components of the travel experience for our customers – our network, our product and our facilities.”
Go to http://www.united.com for more.