The new daily flight is the first ever nonstop service from Athens to Washington D.C. and builds on United’s existing daily summer service from Athens to its New York/Newark hub which resumed on 3 June (eastbound) and 5 June 2021 (westbound). United has been serving Greece with summer seasonal flights since 2016.
“We are excited to inaugurate the first ever nonstop service between Athens and Washington D.C. which further expands our European route network and provides our customers from Greece with direct access to the U.S. capital, as well as to over 80 destinations beyond our hub,” said Bob Schumacher, United Director Sales.
The new daily nonstop summer seasonal service is operated with state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring United’s award-winning United PolarisSM business class cabin and United Premium PlusSM seating.
The launch of the new flight was celebrated at AIA with a special water salute marking the departure of the first capital-to-capital flight between the two cities.
“This very first ‘capital-to-capital’ connection is an amazing development for our airport, our city and our country, demonstrating the significant demand and the dynamics of the market, with passengers on both sides of the Atlantic, including the vibrant Greek-American community, getting ready to plan their trip and enjoy the Athens summer,” said Ioanna Papadopoulou, AIA Director Communications and Marketing.
In July 2021, United plans to operate 230 daily flights to more than 100 destinations across the United States and around the world from its Washington Dulles hub. Washington Dulles serves as the international gateway to the U.S. capital, with United service to 11 world capitals and 17 countries in July 2021.