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Late last week we got news that United Airlines was pushing back its planned return to New York JFK for a second time, and connections within the airline told Zach Griff that United would be scaling back its planned frequencies on its new transcontinental routes. Well, the schedules are now showing the new launch dates for United's JFK services but, strangely, the frequencies remain unaltered.
With Southwest less than a month away from launching new services to Honolulu and Maui out of its base in Long Beach, United Airlines has now announced that it will be upping its game in Southern California by launching its own new route to Honolulu in a few months’ time.
Back in November, United Airlines announced that it was planning to reintroduce service out of New York JFK at the beginning of February 2021. Then, in early January, that proposed launch date was moved back to the end of February. Now, that launch date has been moved once again.
United Airlines has announced that following on from measures put in place last year, it is now taking further steps to help customers prepare for their trips to Hawaii and to help them bypass Hawaii's document screening lines upon arrival into the islands
Earlier this month we saw American Airlines promoting a series of one-day sales in which some of the deals on offer were surprisingly good. Today it's United's turn and while it looks like today United won't be running a series of offers like American did, today's flash sale may be worth a closer look.
We've already seen Etihad and Emirates sign up to the IATA Travel Pass, we've seen American Airlines go all-in with its 'Health Passport' in partnership with VeriFly and now United Airlines has launched its own version of a COVID travel wallet with the introduction of its 'Travel-Ready Center'.
It started with Alaska Airlines towards the end of December, and then American Airlines and Delta banned emotional support animals in statements issued last week. Now the last of the 'Big 3' US airlines has come into line with United Airlines changing its terms and conditions to reflect that it too will no longer accept emotional support animals onboard.
United Airlines may have been the first US airline to announce Covid-19 tests for travelers heading to Hawaii and it may have been the first US airline to announce measures to test transatlantic passengers for coronavirus before their flights, but it was American Airlines that was first to act when it comes to testing on routes to Latin America and the Caribbean. Now, United is making moves in those regions too.
United Airlines has today announced that it will be launching a 4-week pilot program that will offer passengers on select transatlantic flights free rapid Covid-19 tests. This pilot is set to start up next month and, if successful, could be the beginning of a larger program to help get transatlantic travel moving again.