United Airlines Plans Return to JFK After a 5-Year Absence

By Kurt Stolz on 10 November 2020
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United’s former and soon-to-be new terminal at JFK, Terminal 7

United Airlines, which last operated a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport five years ago, said Tuesday it will return to the airport early next year.

Starting on February 1, the Chicago-based carrier will operate four daily non-stop transcon flights out of Terminal 7 at JFK, its home there five years ago.

“I have been waiting a long time to say this – United Airlines is back at JFK,” said the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby, who several years ago said that leaving JFK had been a mistaken fro the carrier.

Two of the flights will fly to San Francisco International Airport and two will go to Los Angeles International Airport.  United will operate the flights using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that have been reconfigured to offer 46 fully lie-flat seats in the airline’s Polaris business-class cabin. Each business-class seat is 24” in width and extends into a 75” bed.  The planes have 47 seats in the airline’s Economy Plus premium economy-lite section and 52 seats in coach.

United will operate morning and evening flights to the West Coast and morning and mid-afternoon return flights.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK, sees the new flights as a good sign.

“United Airlines’ return to JFK Airport is a clear sign that air travel is returning in New York and across the region,” said Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director.

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