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United Airlines Returns To JFK With Service to Los Angeles And San Francisco Using Business-Heavy 767s

Nov 10, 2020
  • After leaving JFK in October 2015, United Airlines has announced its return with plans to serve the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets.
  • The airline is focusing on its premium customer base, utilizing its business-heavy Boeing 767-300ER.
  • Both routes will see twice daily flights, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
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Just over five years ago, United Airlines pulled out of JFK airport citing poor earnings due to its strong presence in LaGuardia and Newark. Since the October 2015 decision, the airline’s boss Scott Kirby has come out saying that he regretted the decision, given travelers’ instincts to book flights out of JFK rather than the other two tri state-based airports.

On Tuesday, the airline officially announced its return to Kennedy, but this comes as no surprise as it was first hinted in late September.

From the release, United announced that it will be launching round-trip service out of JFK to both Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) from February 1, 2021, with focus on its premium customer base. They will utilize they business-heavy Boeing 767-300ER (code named 76L) which features a whopping 46 seats in Polaris business class along with 22 Premium Plus seats, 47 Economy Plus seats and 52 seats in economy.

Flights will be operated out of same Terminal 7 it left back in 2015.

“I have been waiting a long time to say this – United Airlines is back at JFK,” said United’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Kirby. “Come early next year, we will be serving all three major New York City area airports with a best-in-class product to provide our customers unmatched transcontinental service from New York City and the west coast.”

They plan to operate daily morning and evening flights for both destinations out of JFK from February 1, 2021 as follows:

San Francisco

FlightDepartTimeArriveTime
UA521JFK8:00amSFO11:37am
UA523JFK5:10pmSFO8:47pm
UA520SFO9:10amJFK5:40pm
UA522SFO1:30pmJFK10:00pm

Los Angeles

FlightDepartTimeArriveTime
UA515JFK9:00amLAX12:29pm
UA517JFK7:00pmLAX10:29pm
UA514LAX7:30amJFK3:50pm
UA516LAX2:30pmJFK10:50pm

The flight are already available for booking on their website.

[Featured Photo: Steve Lynes/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)]

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