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United Launches San Francisco to Dublin

United Launches San Francisco to Dublin

BY WINSTON SHEK 19861d AGO 2 COMMENTS

A United 787-8 Lands at IAD


On December 18th, United Airlines announced a flight from San Francisco to Dublin on June 5th, 2020.


The route will operate year-round on a Boeing 787-8.  The flight will operate daily in peak-season and have lesser frequencies in low-season.  Here is the flight schedule:



Flight #

Route 

Days of Operation

Departure Time(Local)

Arrival Time(Local)

UA853

DUB-SFO

Daily during Peak Season

11:50 A.M.

2:20 P.M.

UA852

SFO-DUB

Daily during Peak Season

3:55 P.M.

9:45 A.M.(+1)


United Airlines will be competing against Aer Lingus directly on the San Francisco to Dublin.  Aer Lingus flies the route year-round using an A330 daily in peak season.  United has grown its offering from San Francisco in recent years like launching New Delhi, Melbourne, Amsterdam, and Papeete.  United Airlines flies to Dublin from its hubs in Chicago(ORD), New York-Newark(EWR), and Washington-Dulles(IAD).


United Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 will operate this route which offers 219 seats.  The aircraft has 36 business class seats in a 2-2-2, 70 premium seats in a 3-3-3, and 113 economy seats in a 3-3-3.  However, the aircraft is getting a retrofit soon.  The future seating will sport 28 Polaris seats in a 1-2-1, 21 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2, 36 extra legroom economy seats in a 3-3-3, and 158 economy seats in a 3-3-3.


An Aer Lingus A330 sits at the gate at IAD

United offers a partnership where they allow people to use their miles on Aer Lingus flights.  Also, United puts a codeshare on some Aer Lingus routes.  However, Aer Lingus is owned by IAG which is part of OneWorld.  In fact, it is rumored that Aer Lingus wants to join IAG’s JV(Joint Venture), so the future of their partnership is cast in doubt.


Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Network, says, “Dublin and the Silicon Valley are two regions synonymous with big tech.  Many global tech companies have a major footprint in both regions, and they need a carrier with an extensive worldwide network to help conveniently connect their business. As the only U.S. airline to serve Ireland from the West Coast, United is uniquely suited to provide the connectivity these companies and economies need to continue thriving.”


What are your thoughts on this new route?  In my opinion, it is a solid add.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!!!







Winston Shek
Winston is an avid aviation photographer who currently resides in the DMV. He is currently a student at the University of Virginia. In his free time, he likes to play chess or practice his photography.

Comments (2)

danielmena Good add, but United should use a 787-10 because San Francisco is very heavy with Polaris.
Reply
winston_aviation It has not proven itself yet, but in the future, it could be upgraded to a 787-10.

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