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United to Start Newark-D.C. Shuttle Service on Sunday

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United Airlines this week will launch nearly hourly shuttle service between Newark Liberty and Washington Reagan National airports, the carrier announced.

The shuttle service, which starts Oct. 31, will have 18 daily flights between the two airports between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days per week. In addition, United is adding five new flights between LaGuardia and Washington Dulles, bringing its total daily flights between those two airports to nine.

In total, those new flights bring United to about 32 daily flights between the New York and Washington, D.C., areas, an increase of 78 percent compared with its previous capacity. United claims that to be the highest of any airline between the two areas.

All of those flights, as well as all other flights out of the three major New York-area airports, will include a first-class option as of Oct. 31, according to United. The carrier is using its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which include 16 First and 54 Economy Plus seats, on 22 daily flights out of the New York area. It also is using its new Bombardier CRJ-550 design, with 50 seats—instead of the usual design of 70 or more seats for the aircraft type—including 10 First, 20 Economy Plus and 20 standard Economy seats.

“Our customers who regularly travel between Washington, D.C., and New York have told us they value convenience and comfort above all else,” United SVP of domestic planning and United Express Ankit Gupta said in a statement.

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