United is turning the spotlight away from Dr. Dao being dragged off of a Kentucky-bound United Airlines flight, as it announces it will be expanding it’s South America service from Newark. United will be launching a new nonstop flight from Newark to Buenos Aires starting October 28, as well as adding an additional daily to Bogota, Colombia for the summer months.
Per the United press release,
United Airlines announced new year-round daily, nonstop service between New York/Newark and Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting October 28 (subject to government approval). In addition, the airline is increasing its year-round, daily service to Bogota, Colombia, with an additional daily flight starting June 8 through August 14. With these new flights, United will offer more flights from the New York area to South America than any other U.S. carrier.
Beginning October 28, United Flight 979 will depart from New York/Newark (EWR) at 9:50 p.m. and arrive at Buenos Aires (EZE) at 10:50 a.m. the following day (all times local). On October 29, United Flight 978 will depart Buenos Aires(EZE) at 9:00 p.m. and arrive at New York/Newark (EWR) at 6:10 a.m. the next day. Both flights will operate with Boeing 767-300 aircraft featuring 30 seats in United Polaris business class, 49 extra legroom Economy Plus seats and 135 United Economy seats.
I’m pleased to hear about United’s new Newark to Buenos Aires route. Currently, Aerolíneas Argentinas and American Airlines serve Buenos Aires from New York-JFK. With this announcement, Delta may want to consider adding this South America route to remain competitive in the marketplace, however Aerolíneas Argentinas is their partner, so they may feel that is all they need.
United serves Buenos Aires already from Houston, so this will be their second daily departure from the Argentina capital.
Increasing service to Bogota for the summer months is also a win for the airline and New Yorkers as neither American nor Delta fly to Bogota nonstop from the NYC area. Currently, Avianca does fly from JFK to Bogota.
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