At 10 a.m. Central time (11 a.m. Eastern) on Wednesday United is making a big route announcement, and they’re dropping hints – they say there are 30 clues – in a video posted to social media.
This must be international-focused, aside from most of the clues Patrick Quayle is featured and he’s United’s Vice President for International Network Planning. And in contrast to ‘work from home’ network planning has been “working to get us far from home,” there’s also an international boarding pass in the video (in addition to passports).
Eleven seconds in there’s a sticky note with a weight estimate, factoring passengers, baggage, and cargo. That could suggest an ultra long haul route. At 13 seconds there’s also a range calculation on a white board, and a long haul Boeing 787-9 is called out at 19 seconds.
At 20 seconds someone scrolls through destinations on an iPhone.
From this list they’re clearly not announcing flying to Azerbaijan, Mali, or Brunei. They just aren’t. But Thailand isn’t completely nuts, and there hasn’t been non-stop service to Thailand since Thai Airways exited the Los Angeles – Bangkok market (they also dropped New York JFK – Bangkok) unable to make money operating Airbus A340-500 flying gas cans.
I think we’re going to see something from Newark, Washington Dulles, and Chicago O’Hare. At 12 seconds Newark is circled on a map. At 28 seconds there’s a pin in a map at Chicago O’Hare. At 36 seconds Washington Dulles is circled on a map. At 31 seconds a Boeing 767-300ER is mentioned so that’s likely to be the plane for some transatlantic flying.
Some of you may want to download the video, slow it down, and look for more clues. Or just come back tomorrow to see what they’ve got planned, but what fun is that?