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United Airlines Applies With U.S. DOT to Expand Service Between San Francisco and Washington D.C.

United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a new daily roundtrip flight between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

United Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX - Courtesy United Airlines

On Monday (July 8, 2024), United Airlines announced that they have applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to start a new roundtrip daily service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  If approved, the new route will provide more nonstop options for customers between DCA and SFO, while providing dozens of convenient one-stop connections via San Francisco to markets within the U.S., as well as several international destinations.  United’s proposed route also seeks to avoid the busiest travel times at DCA, which is already one of the most congested airports in the U.S.    

In Monday’s announcement, United Airlines’ SVP – Global Network Planning and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said,

“With our hub in San Francisco, United is well positioned to serve the strong customer demand for air travel between Washington National and the Bay Area.  If awarded by the DOT, this new service will give customers a unique morning departure from Washington National and a unique afternoon departure from San Francisco, as well as more connectivity for both domestic and international travelers via SFO.”

United plans to operate the new DCA-SFO route with a 166-seat Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft.  As an alternate to the previously mentioned route, United has also applied for their first-ever service between DCA and Los Angeles (LAX), which would also be operated with a Boeing 737-8 MAX.

At United Airlines, ‘Good Leads the Way.’  The airline operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.    United and United Express operate over 4,000 flights per day to more than 350 airports across six continents.  In 2023, United carried more than 150 million customers, becoming the world’s largest airline as measured by available seat miles (ASMs).  Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’


Source: United Airlines/PRNewswire


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