United makes seasonal adjustments to international capacity

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United Airlines plans tweak to its international schedule that will result in some service reductions on its Washington Dulles-Beijing service.

Between 22 December and 28 February United is dropping flights on the route to four times per week from daily service, explains a spokesman for the carrier.

United launched its Dulles-Beijing flight in March 2007 after beating out its peers in the US to win the only passenger slots awarded that year for Chinese services. At the time the carrier garnered the seven weekly frequencies available.

United is not the only major US network carrier to trim its service to China. Delta Air Lines on 7 November plans to shrink its weekly service from Atlanta to Shanghai to five after launching the route in March with seven weekly flights.

In addition to cutting back on flight offerings between Dulles and Beijing, United also is seeking regulatory approval to delay the launch of its Dulles-Moscow flights to summer 2009 from its original date in October.

Other adjustments United plans for the winter timeframe include dropping its daily flights between San Francisco and Frankfurt from two to a single flight between 25 October and 28 March.