23 May 2015

United Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights From Newcastle to New York


United Airlines today launched nonstop service between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport.  The flights will operate five times weekly until Sep. 7, 2015 (westbound).  It is the first-ever scheduled nonstop service to the U.S.A. from North East England.

“We’re delighted to offer the people of the North East convenient, nonstop flights to the United States for the first time,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. and Ireland.  “This new service connects Newcastle not only with New York City but also with hundreds of other destinations throughout the Americas via United’s Newark Liberty hub, giving our customers a huge range of travel options.”

Bob Schumacher and David Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, were joined by Councillor Ian Graham, Sheriff of the City of Newcastle, and Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Newcastle International Airport today to inaugurate the service.

Commenting on the inaugural, David Laws said:  “This is a very proud moment.  Today’s inaugural flight to New York is the culmination of many years of work by the team at Newcastle Airport.  We have listened to what businesses and people across the region want and then worked incredibly hard to deliver this for them.  United Airlines is a major global operator and, through its Newark hub, provides a very wide range of onward connections.  I have said before that this has the potential to be a game changing route, and a significant milestone for both the Airport and the region. This morning the service gets off to a great start, and I am very hopeful that this success will continue so that we welcome the route back in 2016.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, commented: “The inaugural Newcastle to Newark flight is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Airport’s team and shareholders in opening up new markets for our leisure and business customers.  The route marks an important milestone for the North East and will further enhance regional connectivity, grow the regional economy, attract inward investment and encourage inbound tourism from North America.”

Malcolm added:  “We are working with Visit Britain and Visit England to promote the region to a new audience.  The new route shows the confidence that international business has in our region; now is the time for the public and private sector in the North East to work together and seize this fantastic opportunity.”

Flight Schedule

United is operating the flights with Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and 153 seats in Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

Flight UA159 departs Newcastle daily except Wednesday and Thursday at 9:10 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 12:00 p.m. the same day.  The return flight, UA160, departs New York/Newark daily except Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:20 p.m., arriving in Newcastle at 7:30 a.m. the following day (all times local).  Flight times are seven hours 50 minutes westbound and seven hours 10 minutes eastbound.

The Newcastle flights are conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark with an extensive network of services to destinations throughout the Americas.  From New York/Newark, United operates flights to more than 300 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 served nonstop.

United operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty International Airport.  Located just 16 miles from downtown Manhattan, the airport offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, with a journey time of less than 30 minutes.

Onboard Products and Services

United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service.  The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 6-foot, 4-inch lie-flat bed and features a personal on-demand entertainment system with a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor.  BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports, noise-reduction headsets, amenity kits featuring Philosophy-brand skin-care products, duvet-style blankets and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.

United Economy features complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment.  Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.  Effective June 1, United will introduce an all-new, high-quality inflight dining experience in Economy on trans-Atlantic flights, including complimentary beer and wine.

United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom.  Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival. 

United offers nonstop trans-Atlantic service from more U.K. cities than any other airline.

From London/Heathrow, United operates up to 17 flights per day to six of its U.S. hubs: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles. 

In addition, the airline offers nonstop service from Manchester to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Washington/Dulles, from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Chicago, and from Belfast, Birmingham and Glasgow to New York/Newark.

For more information and to book flights visit united.com or call 0845 6076760.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.