A NON-STOP flight between Edinburgh and Chicago is to be launched by United Airlines next year.
The route to O’Hare International Airport will be the first scheduled service between the two cities and run five times a week between next May and June, daily between June and September, and four times a week between September and October.
First Minister Alex Salmond said today: “I’m delighted that United Airlines has decided to invest in a new route and enhance its existing service between Scotland and the USA.
“By improving direct routes overseas, we can help reduce the need for travellers to make extra connecting flights via London or the continent, support tourism, trade and investment and so further strengthen Scotland’s economy.
“The eyes of the world will be on Scotland in 2014 and, as we host international sporting stars at the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup and celebrate another Year of Homecoming, we hope to welcome visitors from across the world, not least from the United States with whom we share strong and enduring bonds.”
The flights will be operated by Boeing 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.