United Airlines To Fly Newark and Shanghai in 2020

United Airlines To Fly Newark and Shanghai in 2020. United Airlines is seeking approval to launch a second flight between Newark and Shanghai in 2020, challenging the American Airlines and Delta Air Lines dueling proposals.

The airline Star Alliance plans to offer the second daily flight, which would allow it to offer departures in the morning and afternoon from both cities, with a Boeing 777-200 that can accommodate up to 292 seats at the same time. From June 2020, announced on Monday, November 2.
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United Airlines To Fly Newark and Shanghai in 2020, pic: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The measure opposes United and Chicago to Delta for the last seven unassigned Chinese weekly frequencies available to US operators for a new flight from Minneapolis / St Paul to Shanghai, and to the United States' demand to maintain 14 inactive frequencies during a year after the suspension of flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Chicago O'Hare in October. The frequencies in question refer to the service in the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai.

In its request, the United States asserts that the US Department of Transportation. UU., Which manages the frequencies between China and the United States, can approve the Delta and Atlanta requests with the existing group if it rejects the inactivity of EE. UU weekly flights

"The (strategic) choices of the Americans should not allow him to store those frequencies effectively until he is ready to use them," United says in his request. The operator of the Oneworld alliance will approach China Southern Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) among the reasons for the network change.

A Texas man in Texas, based in Fort Worth, called for inactivity release in October, and asked DOT to suspend the two Chicago links for a year until "the market becomes more favorable."

The air services between China and the United States are governed by a bilateral agreement of 2007 that establishes a maximum number of flights that the airlines of each country can operate. The service to Zone 1 is the most limited, and the most sought, with more frequencies available for flights to the area two cities such as Hangzhou, and unlimited service to the area three cities such as Chengdu.

The operators of EE UU They are using all the frequencies available in Zone 1, with the exception of the seven sought by Delta and United and the 14 US-owned frequencies that you want to keep inactive. There are seven other frequencies available specifically for flights to Guangzhou, which are not served by any airline in the United States.

United is the largest airline in the US UU In the Chinese-American market, with a participation of 17.5% in 2018, according to the FlightGlobal flight calendar data. American owns a 10% stake and Delta a 9.4% stake.

In October, Delta asked DOT to conduct a new procedure for the 21 Chinese frequencies in question, including the seven available and the 14 owned by American, if another airline was looking for the frequencies it was looking for for its proposed flight to Minneapolis.

"This approach would be consistent with the department's policy, maximize the benefits for the traveling public and improve the overall competitive environment in the US and Chinese market," the SkyTeam Alliance said.

The United application represents a "competitive application," as Delta says, and will likely trigger a response from American before the DOT decides how it will proceed.

Interest in China follows a period of weak demand in the market. Delta and United reported on the pressure on returns in recent years, a period in which Chinese operators added flights very quickly, since they used all available frequencies.

United has suspended service between Hangzhou and Xi'an from San Francisco and Shanghai from Guam in the last year.

Hawaiian Airlines suspended flights between Honolulu and Beijing in October, saying the market was moving slower than expected.

United has entered into a strategic partnership with Air China and Delta, based in Beijing, a similar pact with China Eastern Airlines, based in Shanghai. Delta also has a small stake in its Chinese partner.