United Airlines launches first route to Alaska from major hub

United Airlines will begin service to Washington, D.C. on May 23.And Anchorage.

As Alaska travel increases, United Airlines is introducing a new route to Anchorage for the summer season.

United Airlines will launch its first Alaska route between Washington, D.C. and Washington, D.C., starting May 23, T+L has confirmed. and Anchorage Fry. The seasonal service will be offered once a day through September 2nd, also known as the unofficial end of summer with the Labor Day holiday.

Travelers can book this new flight directly through United’s website or mobile app. United Airlines is scheduled to depart its main hub, Washington Dulles International Airport, at 5:44 p.m. For the return flight before landing at 9:28 p.m., a redeye flight is scheduled to depart from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 8:05 p.m. Arrive at Washington Dulles at 7:07am.

On the approximately eight-hour route, United plans to use Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft, unlike the MAX-9 aircraft currently being inspected for loose screws. In recent weeks, United Airlines has canceled hundreds of MAX-9 flights until the FAA approves a “comprehensive and rigorous inspection and maintenance process.”

As part of United’s newest fleet, all United MAX 8 aircraft are equipped with Wi-Fi, power ports, USB ports, and personal in-seat entertainment.

United’s MAX-8 aircraft has 16 premium reclining seats in a 2-2 configuration and offers in-flight meals to travelers. According to the airline, there are 101 seats in economy class with “meal purchase” options, so passengers should pack a snack (or two) for the long journey.

AAlaska Airlines recently announced similar plans to expand flights from Anchorage, announcing new routes between San Diego and New York-JFK in May and June, respectively. United’s new route between Washington and Dulles will mean two routes will open this summer connecting the East Coast and Alaska.