HOUSTON, April 24, 2014 - United Airlines today launches daily nonstop service between its Houston hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Munich, linking the fourth-largest city in the U.S. with the capital of Bavaria and offering Houston-area travelers access to dozens of additional cities in Europe, India and the Middle East.
"We are pleased to give Houston business and leisure travelers direct access to Munich and convenient connections on our partner Lufthansa and its affiliate airlines to 71 cities beyond," said Stephanie Buchanan, United's vice president of the Houston hub. "United's new service to Munich - along with our second daily Houston-Tokyo flight launched in March - underscores Houston's role as a top travel destination and a premier international gateway."
United will operate the service with Boeing 767-400 aircraft with 242 seats - 39 in United BusinessFirst and 203 in United Economy, including 70 Economy Plus extra-legroom seats.
Flight 104 departs Bush Intercontinental daily at 4:10 p.m. and arrives at Munich's Franz Joseph Strauss International Airport at 9:50 a.m. the next day. On the return, flight 105 will depart Munich at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 2:20 p.m. the same day.
The new Munich flights complement the daily nonstop service between Houston and Frankfurt that both United and its joint-venture partner Lufthansa offer today.
United is the leading U.S. carrier to Germany, operating year-round nonstop flights to five German cities from hubs in Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington.
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From Houston, United and United Express offer nearly 560 daily flights to 176 destinations around the world, including top business and leisure travel markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Houston hub is United's premier gateway to Latin America, with service to 51 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean.
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