United Airlines has announced it is increasing service between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Havana, Cuba's Jose Marti International Airport beginning July 20.
Subject to government approval, United will operate the new daily service with either Boeing 737-800 mainline aircraft or Embraer E175 regional aircraft operated by Mesa Airlines as United Express. Tickets are now available for purchase.
United will operate service between Houston and Havana with either Boeing 737-800 mainline aircraft or Embraer E175 regional aircraft. Boeing 737-800 aircraft have 16 seats in United First and 150 seats in United Economy, including 54 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats.
Mesa Airlines will operate regional jet aircraft as United Express. Embraer E175 two-cabin regional jets have 12 seats in United First and 64 seats in United Economy, including 16 extra-legroom Economy Plus seats. United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment.
The E175 also offers more personal space for customers with wide seats and aisles; a power outlet at each United First seat; United Wi-Fi; free access to a library of movies and TV shows that customers can watch on their personal devices; and large overhead bins that can accommodate standard-size carry-on bags.
From Houston, United provides the only service to Havana from the entire central and western United States, according to a United Airlines news release. In 2017, United Airlines opened its first city ticket office in Havana enabling United to provide Cubans and other international customers the opportunity to purchase travel on United Airlines.