United makes a return to New York JFK

Premium-focused Boeing 767-300ER offers beefed up business cabin

After a five-year hiatus, United Airlines will resume services out of New York’s JFK airport from 1 February, 2021, offering nonstop flights to the West Coast.

The Star Alliance member carrier has its primary hub in New York at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey. It also operates to New York’s LaGuardia Airport in Queens.

UA says the addition of JFK is a “continuation of aggressively and strategically managing the impact of COVID-19 by increasing service to and from the places where customers want to fly”.

This month, fellow Star Alliance member carrier Singapore Airlines resumed services to New York, also relocating to JFK from its long-standing hub at Newark.

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United will serve routes from JFK to both Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, with two round-trips for each west coast city. The flights will utilise the reconfigured Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the routes, offering customers an extended premium cabin featuring 16 additional business-class seats which bring the total premium cabin seat count to 46.

United Polaris business class product | source: United

The 767-300ER will also feature 22 United Premium Plus seats, 47 Economy Plus seats and 52 Economy seats.

The new JFK service will operate out of Terminal 7.

United service from JFK*






UA 521

UA 523


8.00 am

5.10 pm

San Francisco

11.37 am

8.47 pm

UA 515

UA 517


9.00 am
7.00 pm

Los Angeles

12.29 pm

10.29 pm

United service from West Coast*






UA 520

UA 522

San Francisco

9.10 am

1.30 pm


5.40 pm

10.00 pm

UA 514

UA 516

Los Angeles

7.30 am

2.30 pm


3.50 pm

10.50 pm

“United Airlines’ return to JFK Airport is a clear sign that air travel is returning in New York and across the region,” said Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “As numbers start to rise, the Port Authority is ready to welcome travellers back to JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia Airports with increased cleaning and sanitising in all terminals, and touch-free options from curb to gate to ensure a world-class travel experience even in these unprecedented times.”

United’s premium cabin will feature flat-bed seats on all flights similar to the current Newark–Los Angeles and Newark–San Francisco offerings, providing a consistent and comprehensive NYC–West Coast product.

This month, fellow Star Alliance member carrier Singapore Airlines resumed services to New York, relocating from its previous Newark hub in favour of JFK due to its freight opportunities during the pandemic.

Lead image: Rendering of the upgraded JFK from NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office

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