United Airlines today announced new daily nonstop service from Newark to Istanbul, Turkey effective July 1, 2012, pending government approval. More interesting, however, is the planned aircraft configuration the route will experience effective August 28.
According to the press release:
Now here’s the revealing part:
Unless I missed a previous release, this is the first I’m hearing United will be converting some internationally configured 767-300s into two-cabin aircraft with BusinessFirst, Economy Plus and regular Economy. Continental doesn’t have a fleet of -300s, so this is an interesting development. United currently operates 21 of the international premium travel experience (IPTE) 767-300s.
The shrinking Economy Plus section is a bit worrisome to me and also interesting to note.
[Edited to add:] I ended up jumping the gun on this post and missed the release Brad has linked below in the comments where United is converting the domestic 767-300s into the aircraft that will be flying the EWR-IST route (and others). Sorry folks!