By Cailey Rizzo
August 23, 2019
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United Airlines announced on Thursday that it will expand its international routes offerings, including a handful of new warm-weather destinations.

Passengers flying from the hub of Newark will soon have direct, non-stop access to the popular vacation destinations of Nice, France; Palermo, Italy; and Curacao. The European routes will begin in May 2020 while passengers will be able to fly direct to Curacao in November 2019.

The Curacao route will be flown on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Flights to Nice will be on board a “reconfigured premium Boeing 767-300ER aircraft” with 46 of the airline’s new Polaris business class seats.

"United's global network is a tremendous source of pride for our employees and loyal customers – we're always looking for ways to grow and expand our network to connect our customers to more destinations around the world," United's International Network Vice President Patrick Quayle said in a statement. "These new additions help position United as the airline of choice for customers planning their business or leisure travel."

Routes from San Francisco to New Delhi and Chicago to Zurich will begin daily service in March 2020. The airline will also add additional flights to pre-existing routes like Newark to Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

United has added 26 new international routes to its roster in the last two years.

Earlier this year, the airline announced its new Premium Plus class of service, available on select international flights. The premium economy class gives passengers a slightly bigger seat, amenities like pillows and noise-cancelling headphones, and a multi-course meal service — complete with real silverware and unlimited drinks.

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