Sumary of United Airlines plans new flights to Jordan and Europe in bet on revival of international travel:
- A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2019 in Burlingame, California.
- Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesUnited Airlines plans to add 10 new trans-Atlantic flights in 2022, a bet that cooped up U.S. customers will race to get out of the country to visit Norwegian fjords, Jordan’s archeological sites or the Canary Islands after international travel was largely on pause since the Covid pandemic began.
- “We want to return to travel being fun,” Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international network and alliances, said on a call with reporters.
- United’s trans-Atlantic service brought in just $585 million in the second quarter, about 10% of its revenue, down from nearly $2.1 billion compared with 2019, when it was 18% of its sales.
- United and other carriers have focused on domestic travel, particularly for beach and other outdoor destinations, which was more resilient than international and surged after vaccines became widely available this spring and case counts dropped.
- Delta and American used some of their largest jetliners for domestic routes with international demand depressed.