New international service launches in May
WITH SUMMER APPROACHING and vacation planning under way for many, travel to the United Kingdom will be more convenient than ever for United customers. This month, United begins daily nonstop service to Manchester, England, from Washington Dulles International Airport, and beginning in June we will start flying to Dublin, Ireland, from Washington Dulles.
For those wanting a more tropical getaway, year-round daily service from Washington Dulles to Honolulu will begin in June. This new service to Hawaii means that United will have the only nonstop service between these two cities.
United, the largest carrier between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii, will connect the Aloha State with eight mainland cities, as well as Tokyo, Guam and Majuro, offering nonstop service in 23 city pairs.
From our Washington Dulles hub, United also offers more domestic and international service from the nation’s capital than any other airline.
Since our merger, the new United’s unmatched global route network and U.S. hub structure have allowed us to offer our customers more flights to more places they want to go. By adding these new international routes and long-haul domestic service to Hawaii, we continue to put the right aircraft in the right markets to serve our customers’ needs. The merger has also enabled us to add a number of new domestic routes by using a mix of mainline and regional aircraft more efficiently.
Q: When flying to a southern city like Houston, I’ve noticed that sometimes the plane takes off to the north instead of the south. Why not choose the more efficient path?
A: The primary factor in selecting a runway for takeoff or landing is wind direction. We normally attempt to take off into the wind, since wind flowing over the wing is what provides the lift required for a plane to become airborne. A headwind allows us to take off or land using less runway. For example, a typical takeoff speed is about 150 mph, but if there’s a 20 mph headwind, the plane only needs to accelerate to 130 mph to create that same 150 mph over the wing. It takes less time and runway distance to reach 130 mph than it would to reach 150 mph. Conversely, if a plane is taking off with a 20 mph tailwind, it needs a ground speed of 170 mph to achieve 150 mph over the wing. So we select the runway in order to minimize our ground speed, which enhances safety, even if it takes us a few miles out of our way.
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