HOUSTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines, the U.S. airline with the most global route network, today announced the company will introduce service to Santiago, Chile, from its hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, beginning Dec. 7, 2014, subject to government approval.
Flight 847 will depart Houston daily at 9:05 p.m. and arrive in Santiago at 9:40 a.m. the next day. Return flight 846 will depart Santiago daily at 10:45 p.m. and arrive in Houston at 5:40 a.m. the following day. (All times are local.)
The flights are timed to provide convenient connections from Houston to 111 airports across the United States and to more than 60 international destinations.
"With our first-ever service between Houston and Santiago, Chile, we are expanding our already substantial presence in Latin America," said Alex Savic, United's managing director of Latin American sales. "These flights will provide our customers fast, easy connections between our Houston hub and destinations throughout the U.S. and around the world."
United will operate its Houston-Santiago service with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a total of 214 seats – 30 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 184 seats in United Economy, including 49 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats.
Additional New Service
United also is boosting its Central America and Caribbean connections, beginning Dec. 20, 2014:
- Houston-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with year-round service on Saturdays and service on Sundays during periods of expected higher demand
- Chicago-Belize City, Belize, subject to government approval, with Saturday service scheduled through early May 2015
This winter, United also plans to expand its Houston-Aruba service. The airline currently offers Saturday Houston-Aruba flights that are scheduled to continue through mid-August 2014. On Dec. 20, the company will resume Saturday service that will continue through early May 2015 and begin service on Sundays for periods of expected higher demand.
United in Houston
United is the largest carrier in Houston, the airline's principal gateway to Latin America. Together with United Express, the company offers nearly 560 daily flights from Houston to more than 170 destinations across the U.S. and around the world, including top business and leisure markets in Africa, Asia and Europe and 51 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean.
United in Latin America and the Caribbean
United Airlines operates more than 700 flights a week to 62 cities in 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean from its U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles. United serves 27 Mexican cities – more cities in Mexico from the United States than any other U.S. airline – 10 cities in Central America, seven in South America and 18 airports in the Caribbean. United also offers Spanish-language signage at many U.S. airports; bilingual flight attendants on many flights; a website in English, Spanish and Portuguese; and an automated Spanish-language information line for flight arrival, departure and gate information.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the B787-9 as the North American launch customer, and will welcome 27 new E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 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, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.