After 80 years, United Airlines will be returning to Paine Field in Everett, Wash. United announced Thursday that it will fly to the Paine Field from its’ hubs at San Francisco and Denver beginning once the two-gate passenger terminal is opened in Fall of next year.
Before United’s announcement, Alaska Airlines was the only airline to confirm service to the new airport, but they have not yet announced the destinations from which they will fly to.
A terminal is being constructed at Paine Field in an effort to alleviate the congestion at the now-full Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, located roughly 20 miles south of Paine Field, which is located in Snohomish County.
United included in its’ announcement that they will operate six daily flights from Paine, but none of the airlines’ operations from SeaTac will be affected. From SeaTac, United operates flights to Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles, and Los Angeles with over 30 departures a day.
The equipment that will be used for the new flights will likely be SkyWest Airlines Embraer E175 aircraft, but it has been rumored that mainline Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 aircraft will be used on the new service to United’s two primary west-coast hubs.
Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales, said in a statement, “Bringing new service to Paine Field offers customers more ways to conveniently connect to the country’s largest business and leisure destinations. We know our customers value time and convenience when traveling, and North Seattle and Northwest Washington area travelers will now have easy access to our hubs in Denver and San Francisco and to opportunities to connect to business centers around the world with just one stop.”
United has always had ties with Seattle and Paine Field specifically, being a very loyal customer to Boeing with over 580 aircraft from the Chicago-based manufacturer, over 78% of the massive airlines’ current fleet. Historically, United has operated over 600 Boeing 737 aircraft, 80 747’s, 160 757’s, 80 767’s, and 95 777’s, along with 32 active 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In comparison, United has only ever operated a combined 178 French-manufactured Airbus aircraft.
You can read more about the new terminal being built at Paine Field here.
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