United Airlines makes its first mainline flight from Fresno to San Francisco Wednesday morning. Imagine via Fresno Yosemite International Airport

published on August 16, 2017 - 12:51 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

United Airlines officially launched its mainline service between Fresno Yosemite International Airport and San Francisco International Airport this morning at 6:15 a.m.

The flight is operated with a 166-seat Boeing 737 aircraft — larger than the 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet 200 aircraft SkyWest Airlines is contracted to operate out of FYI on behalf of United Express passenger service.

Passengers for this morning’s inaugural flight were treated at the boarding gate with a continental breakfast, balloons and a souvenir.

In May, United announced it would convert select regional jet flights to larger mainline aircraft in ten markets across the nation including Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

In addition to United’s new mainline Boeing 737 service, SkyWest Airlines operates four daily regional flights for United between Fresno and San Francisco on the Embraer E175 and Bombardier CRJ fleet, in addition to its service to Los Angeles and Denver.

“The launch of mainline air service operated by a legacy carrier such as United is a significant milestone for Fresno Yosemite International Airport,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “We are pleased United selected Fresno as one of the markets to increase air service across its network and the opportunity to provide more seats and flight options for Central Valley travelers.”

Related story: United to offer larger planes for morning flights out of Fresno


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