United Launches Dreamliner Service From Denver to Frankfurt

Nov 29, 2018

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Come next year, Denver will have yet another nonstop flight to Europe. United, which launched seasonal 787 Dreamliner service to London (LHR) earlier this year, will begin serving Frankfurt on May 2, 2019.

While Frankfurt itself might not top the list of tourist hotspots, I recently had a phenomenal time visiting nearby Heidelberg, a one-hour bus or train from the airport, and Cologne, a 50-minute train ride, is easily one of my favorite destinations in Germany.

Frankfurt Airport’s primary appeal, though, is as Star Alliance member Lufthansa’s largest hub, with connecting flight options throughout Europe, Asia and beyond. United’s new flight is timed to allow short connections in both directions, with flights operating on the following schedule:

  • UA182 Denver (DEN) 3:40pm Departure ⇒ Frankfurt (FRA) 9:20am (+1) Arrival
  • UA181 Frankfurt (FRA) 11:05am Departure ⇒ Denver (DEN) 1:20pm Arrival

The new Dreamliner flight will join Lufthansa’s 747-400, which also operates daily between DEN and FRA. It’ll be United’s second Denver-Europe route, in addition to the seasonal Dreamliner flight to London. United also operates daily Frankfurt service from Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington, D.C. (IAD).

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This version of United’s 787 offers 3-3-3 seating in economy and 2-2-2 in biz. Photo by Zach Honig.

While Denver will be a more appealing connecting point for a handful of western cities, especially for passengers looking to fly on the Dreamliner, DEN is the only FRA gateway absent on United’s list of current and planned Polaris Lounges — business-class passengers flying from Denver won’t be able to get the full Polaris experience, unfortunately, though they’ll at least be able to visit Amex’s new Centurion Lounge once that location opens in 2019.

United’s latest transatlantic flight should be available to book beginning later today.

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