United Airlines will drive its most lucrative Los Angeles customers to gates in chauffeured Mercedes-Benz cars starting this spring, an airline spokeswoman told me this week.
Los Angeles will join other United hubs in Chicago, Houston and Newark with the Mercedes-Benz service. United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm was short with the details, but presumably the Los Angeles operation will work like the others.
For San Francisco, which was announced last week and like Los Angeles also begins this spring, United will use Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUVs. Eligible consumers will be part of United’s Global Services program or will be traveling in United Global First Class. United only has two L.A. routes with Global First — London and Sydney.
“United representatives will meet customers at the aircraft, escort them to the waiting Mercedes-Benz vehicle and drive them across the tarmac to their connecting flight,” the company said in the San Francisco release.
I believe Delta is the only other airline that offers that connecting chauffeur service at LAX. Delta uses Porsche Cayennes in Terminals 5 and 6.
United’s Dohm said she does not have an exact date for the start of the LAX service but said it will be this spring.