United to launch new routes in 2013

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United Airlines will launch new service to Latin America and Canada in 2013, as well as begin flights on four new domestic routes.

From 13 April 2013, it will launch weekly service between Washington Dulles and both Guatemala City and San Jose in Costa Rica. The Star Alliance carrier will also begin weekly service between Chicago O'Hare and San Jose. The three routes, subject to government approval, will be operated using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

United already operates to Guatemala City and San Jose from New York and Houston.

Separately, United will begin six times weekly service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Edmonton, Canada from 1 May 2013. It will operate Airbus A319 aircraft on the route. United already serves Edmonton from Chicago, Denver, Houston and San Francisco.

From 6 June 2013, United will launch twice weekly service between Washington Dulles and Vancouver with 737-800s. United now flies to Vancouver from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and serves the Canadian city seasonally from Newark.

The carrier will also begin daily service between Denver and Fort McMurray in Alberta from 6 June, with Bombardier CRJ700s operated by regional carrier SkyWest Airlines. Fort McMurray will be United's 18th destination in Canada.

United will be the only carrier operating non-stop on all the Latin American and Canadian routes, schedules in Innovata show.

On the domestic front. United will launch operations on four new routes in 2013.

From 1 May, it will launch twice daily flights between Denver and Santa Fe in New Mexico, daily flights between Los Angeles and Wichita in Kansas, and daily service between Washington Dulles and Grand Rapids in Michigan.

ExpressJet will operate the Santa Fe and Grand Rapids flights on behalf of United with 50-seat Embraer regional jets, SkyWest will operate the Wichita flights with CRJ700s.

Finally, United will begin daily service between Chicago and Fairbanks in Alaska from 6 June, with 737-800s.

From 6 June, it will begin daily flights between Chicago and Fairbanks in Alaska with 737-800s.

United will be the only carrier operating non-stop on the new domestic routes, with the exception of Denver-Santa Fe. Regional carrier Great Lakes Aviation is operating Beechcraft 1900D aircraft on the route on a codeshare basis with United and Frontier Airlines.

United says the new flights are in line with its previously announced capacity guidance for 2013. The airline's chief executive Jeff Smisek said in September that the carrier expects to cut capacity by about 1% in 2013.