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United Airlines will add year-around service between San Francisco and Amsterdam as well summer seasonal service between New York/Newark and both Prague and Naples, Italy.

United teased us on Twitter yesterday with a hint at these routes using anagrams, but the news is now official.

San Francisco to Amsterdam

United will begin year-around service between San Francisco (SFO) and Amsterdam (AMS) on March 30, 2019. UA will utilize a 787-9 on this route, going head-to-head with KLM. You can read my review of KLM World Business Class on the same route, also on a 787-9, here.


Frequency City Pair Depart Arrive Aircraft

UA 968

Daily SFO – AMS 2:55 p.m. 10:20 a.m. +1

Boeing 787-9

UA 969 Daily AMS – SFO 2:50 p.m. 4:50 p.m.

Boeing 787-9

This new route will compliment existing nonstop service from San Francisco to the following European cities:

  • Frankfurt
  • London
  • Munich (seasonal)
  • Paris
  • Zurich (seasonal)

United also serves Amsterdam from Houston, Chicago, Newark, and Washington Dulles.

Newark to Naples

United will operate seasonal daily service to Naples, Italy from May 22, 2019 through Oct. 4, 2019. By next spring, 767-300s operating out of Newark are expected to have “real” Polaris seating onboard. Meridiana (now Air Italy) has suspended its Naples to New York route, leaving an opening for United.


Frequency City Pair Depart Arrive


UA 964

Daily  EWR – NAP 5:25 p.m. 8:05 a.m. +1

Boeing 767-300

UA 965 Daily NAP – EWR 10:10 a.m. 2:05 p.m.     

Boeing 767-300

Newark to Prague

From June 6, 2019 through Oct. 4, 2019, United will operate daily flights between Newark and Prague. The new service will also utilize a Boeing 767-300, which should have United’s latest Polaris product onboard. The evening departure time allows for one-stop connections from 60 destinations.


Frequency City Pair Depart Arrive


UA 188

Daily EWR – PRG  6:05 p.m. 8:25 a.m. +1

Boeing 767-300

UA 187

Daily PRG – EWR 10:10 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Boeing 767-300

United will compete with Delta (from New York JFK) and American (from Philadelphia) on this route.

Other Routes Return

In addition, more than 20 seasonal international routes will return next year including service to Reykjavik, Iceland and Porto, Portugal. Earlier this month, United announced new service between Washington Dulles and Tel Aviv.


I travel to Amsterdam often for business so the year-around new SFO-AMS route is particularly valuable to me. But service to Prague and Naples is intriguing. Space will be loaded shortly. If you are looking for award space for next summer, now may be the time to book it.

Will you fly any of United’s three new international routes?

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