United’s Newark to Istanbul Atatürk
Cutting the ribbon for United’s arrival in Istanbul were State Airport Authority Head Manager Celal Ozugur, Ataturk Airport Civilian Administration Manager and Istanbul Deputy Mayor Ahmet Aydin, US Consul General in Istanbul Scott F. Kilner, TAV Airports President & CEO M. Sani Sener, and United Airlines’ VP Airport Operations Americas, Asia and Europe Cindy Szadokierski. A cake featuring the Bosporus Bridge and Statue of Liberty was baked to celebrate the route, while James Mueller, United’s VP Atlantic & Pacific Sales, exchanged gifts with Sener.
- United Airlines launched two new routes on 1 July; one international and one domestic. The US carrier now connects its New York Newark, NJ (EWR) hub with that of its Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Atatürk (IST). Flights on the new route operate daily with 183-seat 767-300ER aircraft. Indirect competition at JFK comes from Turkish Airlines’ thrice-daily and Delta’s daily flights. Jim Compton, United’s EVP and Chief Revenue Officer, commented: “This new service will provide customers throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America direct access to one of the most important cities in the region.” United also connected San Francisco, CA (SFO) with Jackson Hole, WY (JAC). The daily CRJ900 flights operate seasonally until the end of August. This is the fifth route United operates to the Wyoming airport after flights from Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston.