Contributed by: Don WinnerBy Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY - United Airlines will launch a new international route from its Denver hub, announcing on Wednesday that will add nonstop flights to Panama City starting Dec. 3.
The carrier plans daily service on the route from November through August and will reduce the schedule to five flights a week during September and October. United will use 118-seat Boeing 737-700 jets on the route, which still must be approved by regulators. The aircraft are configured with 12 business-class seats, 40 in Economy Plus and 66 in regular coach.
The new route would connect United's Denver hub to the Panama City hub of United's fast-growing Star Alliance partner Copa Airlines. Copa, which has dramatically expanded its U.S. footprint during the past few years, bills its Panama City base as the "Hub of the Americas."
The Panama City route follows United's highly anticipated launch last June of a route between Tokyo and Denver .
"Following the success of our Denver-Tokyo flight, our new service to Panama City will link our Denver business and leisure travelers to the business and finance capital of Central America and open the door to other new, international destinations through our partner airlines," Steve Jaquith, United's managing director of the Denver hub, says in a statement.
"Just as Tokyo opened a gateway to Asia, Panama City will open the Rocky Mountain West to all of South America," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock adds in a statement from Denver International.