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United Airlines offers more long-haul flights than anyone else. With lots of new destinations announced in the past year, the airline has a schedule planned that puts it way ahead of every other airline worldwide.
Long-haul flights are defined as those that are over 3,000 miles. The Chicago-based carrier plans to fly 4,808 long-haul flights next month. This is an 8.1% increase from July 2019. United has added many destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. 60% of United’s flights are to Europe, which has caused a market-specific increase of +23% versus 2019. Interestingly, nearly one in five US to Europe flights are on United. Service to Asia has not fully recovered. In 2019, United offered nine routes to China. Today, it has just one between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
Delta Air Lines came in second with 3,593 flights planned. This is down 5.7% from 2019 and well behind what United is going to fly.
Here are the others in the top 10:
- Emirates (3,514; down 11.4%)
- Qatar Airways (3,048; up 2.1%)
- American Airlines (2,897; -14.7%)
- British Airways (2,761; down 9.5%)
- Air France (2,363; up 4.4%)
- Lufthansa (1,980; down -16.8%)
- Air Canada (1,812; down -18.5%)
- Turkish Airlines (1,674; up 30.1%)
Interestingly, Turkish Airlines made the top 10 and pushed out KLM.
Anthony’s Take: There is no doubt that United has the best international route network of any US carrier. It’s been adding frequencies and trying new destinations like Palma Mallorca, Amman, and Tenerife. Now, if it could only fix its catering, service, and lately, reliability.
*Data provided by Cirium.
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