5 APRIL 2021
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After nearly six years United Airlines is back at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), operating direct service to the airline's west coast hubs – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
The airline will use its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft which features 46 Business Class all-aisle-access seating, and 22 United Premium Plus seats.
Since leaving JFK in October 2015, the carrier has consolidated its premium transcontinental and international services at Liberty Newark (EWR) in New Jersey, while offering limited domestic service from downtown New York LaGuardia (LGA).
But in 2017, Scott Kirby – who was, at the time, president of the airline, and is now CEO – described the move as a mistake.
“I wish I could roll back the clock and change the decision,” Kirby said at a briefing
Although the airline reportedly lost money on the flights from JFK to LAX and SFO before ending them, Kirby suggested that keeping them in place was a good strategic move, noting that United squandered major corporate accounts to American Airlines after the move.
The return to JFK was partly an opportunistic move brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic with slots becoming available. The move will find favour with its Star Alliance international partners at JFK.
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