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United Airlines to launch Chicago-to-Edinburgh nonstops

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) said it will launch nonstop summer seasonal service between its Chicago hub at O´Hare International Airport and Edinburgh, Scotland beginning May 22 2014 subject to government approval.

This will be the first scheduled nonstop service between the two cities, United said.

The flights will operate five times weekly from May 22 to June 11, daily between June 12 and September 1 and four times weekly between September 2 and Oct. 5, 2014.

They will operate using Boeing (NYSE: BA) 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

United has added 11 new routes from Chicago since the beginning of 2013. The carrier currently operates year-round nonstop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to bothEdinburgh and Glasgow, having started service to Scotland in 1998.

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