- United Airlines is adding its Airbus A321neos to three new routes in June,
- The airline is quickly receiving new aircraft, but it is unclear how many will be in the fleet by summer.
- In July, United will increase service on various routes with the neos, including six daily roundtrips between Chicago and San Francisco.
United Airlines plans to add its Airbus A321neos to three routes in June and will take the aircraft off a few routes. More than 1,000 net flights have been added to United’s summer schedule.
Introducing new routes
United Airlines received its first Airbus A321neo in October 2023, marking the first delivery of an Airbus aircraft to the Chicago-based aircraft in more than 20 years. Anticipation was built up as the plane was delivered with United’s new signature interior featuring new first-class seats, Bluetooth connectivity at every seat, larger overhead bins, and more. The inaugural flight took place on November 30 from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).
This is the first Airbus aircraft United has received in over two decades.
According to data from Cirium, United’s four A321neos are scheduled to operate 290 flights this month on five routes, all from Chicago O’Hare. United is taking advantage of the new planes, which seat 200 passengers, to send them to three Florida destinations, perfect escapes from the cold Chicago winter. The neos are flying to Orlando, Fort Myers, and Fort Lauderdale, in addition to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
The airline is quickly receiving new aircraft from Airbus, but it is unclear how many will be in the fleet by summer. Simple Flying asked United but did not receive a reply at the time of publication.
By June, United plans to deploy the neos on nine routes, introducing the new planes at a third hub, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will receive the neos starting in May, and United added more flights in June. Below are the nine routes scheduled in June (new routes marked by asterisks):
- Chicago – Las Vegas
- Chicago – Phoenix
- Chicago – Portland**
- Chicago – Orlando
- Chicago – Los Angeles**
- Chicago – Fort Lauderdale
- Chicago – Houston
- Chicago – Seattle**
- Chicago – San Francisco
June 27 will be the first day of the neos on the ‘new routes’, with the plane being added to three daily flights from Chicago to Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Fort Myers will be dropped from the neo routes in June. Overall, United’s changes to operations in June represent an increase of 88 roundtrip flights and 17,600 seats.
Additional growth in July
The neo growth only starts in June, as July now has an additional 682 roundtrip flights and 136,400 seats. As of last week, United only had 310 flights scheduled with the neos, which has now jumped to 992. In July, the airline will pull the planes from the ORD-FLL and ORD-PHX routes but significantly increase service elsewhere. The busiest route will be ORD-SFO, with the neos operating six daily roundtrips, followed by ORD-SEA with three and ORD-IAH with two.
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Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, and Fort Myers will be reintroduced in August, and United currently plans to operate 706 A321neo flights that month.
According to data from last week, United planned 1,284 flights with its neos from June through August; as of this week, that number has risen to 2,450. This summer, 490,000 seats are available on A321neos, offering passengers plenty of chances to fly on United’s new planes.