By Narayan Ammachchi
US carrier United Airlines has announced that it had begun weekly flight services between Washington-Dulles International Airport and the Central American countries of Guatemala and Costa Rica.
The airline said it had launched a similar service between Chicago and the Costa Rican capital, San Jose.
All routes will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 16 seats in United Business, 48 seats in Economy Plus and 90 seats in Economy class, the carrier stated in a press release.
The new flights complement United’s existing service to Guatemala City and San Jose from the airline’s hubs in New York and Houston.
“These new flights strengthen United’s Latin American route network and provide more convenient travel options for our customers,” said Millie Uriarte, Director, Latin America Onshore & Caribbean Sales.
In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million passengers. United claims it now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America.
In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes.