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United launched its international winter schedule with 50 more daily flights

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United launched its international winter schedule this year with 50 more daily flights than last winter, and has become the first U.S. carrier to fly direct from the continental U.S. to Manila, Philippines, and will be the only carrier to fly between the U.S. and Christchurch, New Zealand, beginning in December.

When service from San Francisco restarts on November 9, United will be the first American airline to return to Beijing. In total, the airline will fly to more than 110 overseas locations, expanding its schedule by more than 25% over last year, the largest winter growth in its history.

To meet the growing demand for international travel, United strategically expanded its network with new and increased flying to key markets this winter, including:

  • New service to Manila, Philippines and soon Christchurch, New Zealand
  • New flights to Auckland, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Tokyo/Narita, San Juan and Montego Bay
  • Daily service to Beijing and Shanghai
  • Extended service to Athens, Barcelona, Rome and Paris

United observed an extraordinary spike in Asia-Pacific travel demand this year and is continuing to improve its network across the Pacific to accommodate the market’s continued strength.

This winter, the airline’s transpacific network is 94% larger than last, as a result of a record expansion in the South Pacific, the reconstruction of its China network, and the addition of 15 daily nonstop flights across the Pacific area. For the first time, United’s Asia-Pacific network will be greater than it was before COVID-19.

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More Opportunities for Transatlantic Travel

With transatlantic demand remaining at a historic high, United is extending some of its most popular seasonal routes to give customers more time to explore. This winter, United customers can take advantage of the following additional nonstop flights:

  • New York/Newark – Athens, Greece: extended through November 28
  • Washington-Dulles – Barcelona, Spain: extended through December 13
  • Washington-Dulles – Rome, Italy: extended through January 8
  • Second daily New York/Newark – Paris, France: extended through January 8

This winter, United will fly to 25 locations across the Atlantic, more than any other US carrier combined, and will be the only US carrier to offer year-round, nonstop service to Dubai, Geneva, Edinburgh, Berlin, and Amman.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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