United Airlines initiates Iceland operation

United Airlines New York Newark Reykjavik/Keflavik

United Airlines commenced operations between New York Newark and Reykjavik/Keflavik on 23 May, with Iceland becoming the Star Alliance member’s 13th European country market from the Big Apple. Among those present at the launch and helping to cut the ribbon were Patrick Quayle, VP of International Network, United Airlines (fourth right), and Matt Stevens, MD International Network Planning, United Airlines (right).

United Airlines Edinburgh

United Airlines introduced flights between Washington Dulles and Edinburgh on 23 May, with the route being celebrated the following day as the aircraft touched down in Scotland. This is the airline’s third route to Edinburgh, with it also serving the UK city from Chicago O’Hare and New York Newark. Pictured at the launch along with the crew and the bagpiper are: Denise Hill, Head of Marketing Strategy & Development, VisitScotland; Gordon Dewar, CEO, Edinburgh Airport; Sir John Elvidge, Edinburgh Airport Board Chairman; Bob Schumacher, MD Sales UK & Ireland, United Airlines; and Keith Brown, MSP, Clackmannanshire & Dunblane. The route will be flown on a daily basis with 757-200s.

  • United Airlines launched two transatlantic routes on 23 May, with it now serving Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) from New York Newark (EWR), while Edinburgh (EDI) has greeted its third route with the Star Alliance member, this time from Washington Dulles (IAD). “This fantastic addition to Edinburgh Airport will link our two capital cities for the first time and strengthen the already strong links between Scotland and America,” commented Gordon Dewar, CEO, Edinburgh Airport on the Star Alliance member’s connection between the capitals of Scotland and the US. The 4,175-kilometre link from New York and 5,578-kilometre sector from Washington will both be flown daily this summer on the carrier’s fleet of 757-200s. While the new service to Edinburgh faces no direct competition, the route between Newark and Reykjavik/Keflavik is already well served, with WOW air (13 weekly flights) and Icelandair (daily) providing a robust schedule between the two airports. Iceland becomes United’s 13th European country market from the Big Apple. See how Edinburgh Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world


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