United has confirmed its plans to reinstate flights between the US and Cuba, with applications filed to offer non-stop routes from New York Newark, Houston, Washington and Chicago to Havana.
If successful the plans would see United offer eight flights per week from Newark to Havana, as well as weekly Saturday services from Houston, Washington Dulles and Chicago.
The flights would be served by B737-800 aircraft, configured for 16 seats in United First, 90 United Economy seats, and 48 United Economy Plus seats with extra legroom.
To support its application United has launched a dedicated website unitedtocuba.com.
The US and Cuba officially signed an agreement to restore commercial air services between the two countries last month.
Commenting on the news Oscar Munoz, United’s president and CEO said:
“This is a historic moment for our company, our employees and, most importantly, our customers. We want to be the first choice for passengers traveling between the US and Cuba.
"We’re able to offer customers the best access, convenience and connections to and from Havana through our industry-leading global route network, and we’re excited to compete for this important service.”