Our inaugural flight from our hub in Denver to Tokyo-Narita International Airport marks the re-launch of international service on the 787 Dreamliner. As the Mile High City’s first nonstop connection to Asia, this daily flight is a highly anticipated milestone in Denver’s history.
“We share the excitement with the Denver community and want to recognize the efforts of city and state leaders who worked with us to make service to Asia from Denver a reality,” said Jim Compton, our vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “The 787 is a revolutionary aircraft, and our customers are going to love the travel experience it provides.”
“This new nonstop flight will be a gateway into Colorado for Japan and other Asian countries,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Already, Colorado is a top-five dream destination for people in the U.S., and we’d like to make it a top-five dream destination for Japan and throughout Asia. Japan is Colorado’s fourth-largest source of foreign investment, and we want to help companies expand by taking advantage of Colorado’s competitive business environment and highly educated workforce.”
“This new nonstop service between Denver and Tokyo will build a new bridge between Colorado and all of Asia, strengthening our global connectivity and elevating the entire Denver area onto the international stage,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “We thank United Airlines for its partnership on this new frontier of opportunity and its commitment to the Denver market. Launching this nonstop flight to Japan will not only create new jobs, stimulate economic growth and increase foreign investment and trade, but it will provide new avenues for tourism, education and cultural exchanges that will enrich both regions for generations to come.”
Mayor Hancock is leading a delegation of nearly 70 business, tourism and government officials traveling to Japan this week to foster trade, tourism and investments between the two regions.
Daily flights to Asia from Denver
Flight 139 departs Denver daily at 12:35 p.m. and arrives at Tokyo-Narita International Airport at 3:30 p.m. the next day. For the return, Flight 138 departs Tokyo at 5:25 p.m. and arrives in Denver at 1:15 p.m. the same day. (All times are local.)
Together with our joint venture partner ANA, we’ll offer seamless connections at Narita to or from more than 18 destinations in Asia, including important business and trade destinations like Seoul, South Korea, Bangkok and Singapore.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst®, 70 seats in United Economy Plus® and 113 seats in United Economy®, the Dreamliner is revolutionizing the flying experience for our customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. All customers will enjoy on-demand entertainment at every seat and lighting that replicates a full day or night on long-haul flights such as Denver to Tokyo. The aircraft’s use of lightweight composites, together with its modern engines and improved aerodynamic design, allow it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.
We are the 787 North American launch customer and now have six Dreamliners in our fleet. We have 55 Dreamliners on order and expect to take delivery of two more from Boeing in the second half of 2013.
Our Denver presence
In addition to the Tokyo route, in the past year we added nine new Denver routes, including flights to the emerging energy markets Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and Dickinson, N.D. From our Denver hub, we also serve Santa Fe, N.M., and St. George, Utah, and we recently increased the frequency of service from Denver to Mexico.
We offer more flights from Denver to more destinations worldwide than any other airline, with more than 400 peak day departures to 126 destinations throughout the year. We are one of Denver’s largest private employers, with nearly 5,000 employees who proudly call Denver home. We celebrated our 75th anniversary of service to Denver last year with the announcement that we would begin service to Tokyo.