United adds nonstops to Hawaii, Africa, and India

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United Airlines today announced new nonstop service between the continental US and Hawaii, Africa, and India.  Here are the details:

Destination United Hub Service Aircraft Season Start
Hawaii Kona Chicago 4X/Week 787-8 Summer 2021
Maui Newark 4X/Week 767-300ER Summer 2021
Africa Accra DC (IAD) 3X/Week 787-8 Spring 2021
Lagos DC (IAD) 3X/Week 787-8 Spring 2021
Johannesburg Newark Daily 787-9 Spring 2021
India Bangalore San Francisco Daily 787-9 Spring 2021
New Delhi Chicago Daily 787-9 Winter 2020

Regarding Hawaii, I’m excited to have new long-distance nonstop routes, especially since most, if not all, other options between the midwest or east coast and Hawaii go to Honolulu.  It’s great to have nonstop options to the Big Island and Maui!

Regarding the other routes, it’s always good to have new nonstop options.  One nice thing about this coming from United is that they don’t impose fuel surcharges.  As a result, flights like these can be booked with minimal fees with partner miles, often for far fewer miles than United would charge.  For example, these routes would be good candidates for using ANA miles to fly around the world in business class for only 115,000 miles.

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[…] is great news for people hoping to take advantage of United’s new flights to Hawaii or really for anyone itching for travel.  I’m especially excited because I love Hawaii and […]

Chucks

God I flew the Chicago New Delhi route in coach years ago on a 777, would not recommend

Parts Unknown

An island under quarantine & the world’s newest covid hot spot… I guess I’m the only one who thinks this is a bit tone deaf? Hopefully things open up some in 2021 but seems like an ill-timed announcement to me.

WR2

Aww, was longshot, but was hoping for SFO-BKK. Yeah yeah, I know, low yield, few business travelers. But I’m surprised BKK is not more of a transit hub like SIN. Transit passengers might actually make Thai profitable. Many people would love to do a stopover there en route to their final destination.

Raymond

Yup. I am hoping for SFO-BKK to pop up soon. Would make transiting SE Asia really convenient.

bryan

I agree, especially starting from the midwest or Northeast in the US, it’s an awfully long trip, not to mention additional transit time from BKK to your final destination. It’s a 30+ hour trip and having a nonstop from the US would help a lot.

[…] that United has announced new routes to Hawaii, the tropical paradise is on my mind again.  Alaska, AA, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, and United […]

CaveDweller

KONA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aarif

Sorry just have to point out: “Between the US and Hawaii” … see the problem with that? 🙂 Anyway, it’s always good to have more 1 stop options to Hawaii from Boston.