United to start 2nd daily Guam-Nagoya service; Guam-Hong Kong service discontinued

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United Airlines has announced that effective Oct. 28, 2019, United will increase its current four-times-weekly evening flight (UA171/172) between Guam and Nagoya, Japan to a daily flight aboard a Boeing 737 aircraft.

United’s current four-times-weekly evening flight operated on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday The additional capacity will provide customers with a twice-daily service between Guam and Nagoya.

With this addition, United adds 500 more seats weekly each way or 26,000 seats annually on the route. Tickets are now available for purchase.

“United is committed to continuing to invest in the Japan market for Guam, and we are excited to add capacity between Guam and Nagoya to make its service twice-daily to meet its increasing demand,” said Sam Shinohara, United managing director for Airport Operations for the Asia/Pacific, in a news release. “United is deeply committed to the Guam market, where we have been operating for more than 50 years and we have been closely working with stakeholders to increase demand for travel between Japan and Guam. Added seat capacity in this market is a great sign that business is strengthening, which is positive news for Guam’s tourism industry.”

Earlier this year, United announced that it would reintroduce the Boeing 777-200 aircraft on two of three daily flights between Guam and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport beginning Aug. 1, 2019 through the end of the winter season on March 30, 2020.

United said the reintroduction of the B777s during this period will offer customers nearly 900 daily seats each way between Tokyo and Guam.

Guam-Hong Kong service discontinued

United also announced that effective Oct. 27, 2019, United will discontinue its four-times-weekly Guam-Hong Kong service and will offer daily connections to Hong Kong via Tokyo/Narita, Japan.

United is contacting customers booked on Guam-Hong Kong flights departing after Oct. 26 to offer alternative arrangements.

United Vice President of International Network Patrick Quayle has been quoted in online reports as saying that the Guam-Hong Kong service cancellation will not reduce United’s presence or commitment to the Guam market.

“Rather, it will allow us to repurpose aircraft in Guam to continue to build our successful franchise between Guam and secondary Japan markets,” he said.