Chicago- based United Airlines is launching nonstop seasonal service between the Windy city and Edinburg, Scotland. United said it will introduce the new route on 22nd May, 2014, subject to Government approval. If approved, the new service would be the first scheduled nonstop commercial airline service between Edinburgh-Chicago.
Initially United will operate nonstop flights to Edinburg from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport five times weekly. Frequency will increase to daily between June 12 and Sept 1st, and then drop to four times weekly between 2nd Sept. and 5th Oct, 2014.
The new nonstop is scheduled to depart O’Hare at 6 p.m and arrive in Edinburgh at 7:45 a.m. the next day. The return flight would leave Edinburg at 10:25 a.m. and arrive back in Chicago at 1 p.m. –leaving enough time for arriving passengers to connect with United flights to some 125 other destinations that United serves from Chicago. Flying time between Edinburg and Chicago is approximately 8 hours 35 minutes.
United will fly the new route on a narrow-body Boeing 757-200 aircraft that seats 169. The planes BusinessFirst cabin will accommodate 16 passengers in lie-flat seats, while the economy cabin will seat 153. The economy cabin includes 45 Economy Plus seats with additional legroom.
United currently operates year-round nonstop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to both Edinburg and Glasgow and is first started serving Scotland in 1998.
Separately, United said it would discontinue service between its hub in Denver and Grand Forks, N.D in the winter of 2014, because traffic on the route did not meet the expectation.