Richmond Airport in Virginia welcomed United Airlines’ first flight from Denver on 5 April. The 2,377-kilometre sector will be served daily by the airline’s E175s facing no direct competition. Seen celebrating the new route are: Garrett Hart of Chesterfield Economic Development; Brian Fulk of the Greater Richmond Partnership; Jessica Fintel of the Henrico Economic Development Authority; and Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia. The three representatives of the economic development agencies in the Richmond area travelled on the first flight to Denver for a trade mission. Seen speaking at the press conference for the first flight is Kellie Clough, United Airlines Sales Account Manager, Virginia. Passengers were also treated to celebration cupcakes promoting the new route.
Hartford Airport celebrated the start of United Airlines’ new service to Denver on 4 April with cupcakes, giveaways and live music. Services on the 2,681-kilometre sector will be operated daily by the Star Alliance member’s mixed fleet of short-haul Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
- United Airlines commenced two routes from Denver (DEN) during the past week, starting on 4 April with a connection to Hartford (BDL). The 2,681-kilometre sector will be served daily by the Star Alliance member’s mixed fleet of short-haul Airbus and Boeing aircraft according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, facing direct competition from Southwest Airlines’ daily service. Flights leave the carrier’s Colorado hub at 15:43, arriving in Hartford at 21:27. The aircraft then stops overnight at the Connecticut facility, with the return leaving at 08:04 the following morning, arriving in Denver at 10:23. The second route launched by the carrier from Denver this week was on 5 April, when it commenced a 2,377-kilometre link to Richmond (RIC). Facing no incumbent carriers, services to the Virginian airport will be operated daily by the airline’s fleet of E175s. Commenting on the launch from Richmond, Kellie Clough, United Airlines Sales Account Manager, Virginia, said: “United’s new daily service to Denver provides our customers from throughout Virginia’s Capital Region with convenient access to another major economic centre and home to one of our largest hub airports. We are committed to making United the airline of choice for customers travelling to Denver and beyond.” Also speaking at the launch, Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia, stated: “The growth of the region is dependent upon our ability to transport people in and out of the area in an efficient and economical fashion. United’s non-stop flight between Richmond and Denver enables visitors, business executives and other talent to travel between two great American cities, benefiting the economy in both areas.” See how this route’s fire truck water arch does in this week’s competition.