United Airlines to Launch Chicago to Edinburgh Flights

United Airlines is to launch nonstop summer seasonal flights between its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, from 22 May 2014, subject to government approval.

The flights will operate five times weekly from 22May14 to 11Jun14, daily between 12Jun14 and 01Sep14 and four times weekly between 02Sep14 and 05Oct14.

The flights will depart Chicago at 6 p.m., arriving in Edinburgh at 7:45 a.m. the following day. The return flights will depart Edinburgh at 10:25 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 1 p.m. the same day (all times local).

Flight times are 7 hours, 45 minutes eastbound and 8 hours, 35 minutes westbound.

The flights will operate using Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

United currently operates year-round nonstop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, having started services to Scotland in 1998.