United Moving Premium Service from JFK to Newark
In a major announcement, United Airlines said today it will cease operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as it moves its Premium Services, or “p.s.”, to Newark-Liberty International beginning Oct. 25.
United will be effectively swapping gates with Delta Air Lines. Pending regulatory approval, Delta plans to acquire United's JFK slots, and United plans to acquire slots from Delta in Newark.
Beginning Oct. 25, all regularly scheduled Newark-Los Angeles and Newark-San Francisco flights will offer flat-bed seats in the United BusinessFirst cabin, premium in-flight service, more extra-legroom Economy Plus seats than any other carrier, and modern interiors with in-flight Wi-Fi and personal on-demand entertainment with individual seatback monitors and power ports for customers in every row.
"The introduction of p.s. to Newark Liberty, the New York/Newark region's premier airport, offers Los Angeles and San Francisco travelers the highest levels of service in the air and on the ground," Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue officer, said in a statement. "We are investing in the three critical components of the travel experience for our customers – our network, our product and our facilities."
With the move to Newark, United is partnering with OTG Management to transform the shopping and dining experience in Terminal C, already one of the most modern airline terminals in the country, with high-end restaurants designed by internationally and regionally acclaimed chefs and gate areas updated with custom seating and tables.
In gate areas, United customers will be able to use iPads to track their flights and order food and beverages for delivery to the gate within 15 minutes.
With electronic payment technology, MileagePlus members are able to use award miles for food, beverage and other purchases with the nearly 6,000 iPads to be deployed for customer use throughout the terminal.
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