New US Route from Manchester Airport

United Continental Holdings, Inc, has announced today that United Airlines will launch a daily non-stop service between Manchester Airport, UK, and Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC.  Subject to government approval, it is hoped the new service will start in May 2012.
Bob Schumacher, United’s MD in the UK and Ireland, commented:  “As well as cutting journey times for travellers between the two cities, the new schedule will greatly increase the range of options for customers travelling beyond our hubs to destinations throughout the Americas.”  United Airlines already offers Manchester’s passengers non-stop flights to Newark Liberty International Airport since 1995.
It is not the first time that passengers could fly directly to Washington, DC, from Manchester.  UK carrier bmi previously conducted six flights per week between the two destinations from May 2001 to October 2005.
MD of Manchester Airport, Andrew Harrison, explained the importance of United Airlines’ proposed operations:  “Adding Washington to our route network is very significant and reiterates the strong connections we have with the USA.  We are confident it will prove popular with passengers looking to access the American capital but as with the Newark service, we have noticed a growing trend of inbound passengers looking to access the north of England.”
The new flight, CO101/UA101, will depart Manchester daily at 12:00pm and arrives at Washington at 3:08pm local time on the same day.  The return flight CO100/UA100 will depart at 10:16pm and arrive at Manchester at 10:20am the next day.
The flights to New York, CO21/UA21, will depart Manchester daily at 9:25am and arrive at New York at 12:15pm local time on the same day.  The return journey will depart at 7:40pm and arrive back at Manchester at 7:40am the next day.
Both services will be operated by a Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 159 economy and 16 BusinessFirst seats.
Following the October 2010 merger to form United, United Airlines and Continental Airlines continue to operate separately pending the company’s receipt of an operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, expected by the end of 2011.