United Airlines today celebrated the launch of a new daily nonstop service between Dublin and its Washington, D.C. hub, Dulles International Airport.

The flight complements United’s daily nonstop service between Dublin and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, which has operated since 1998.

Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales, Ireland & U.K., was joined by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and Oliver Cussen, interim Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion at Dublin Airport this morning.

“We are delighted to launch nonstop service between Dublin and the U.S. capital,” said Schumacher. “Having operated our Dublin-New York/Newark service successfully for 14 years, the new Dublin-Washington/Dulles service will further benefit our customers in Ireland, offering reduced journey times between the two cities as well as increased travel options.”

Cussen said: “The United States is a key trading partner for Ireland from both a business and tourism perspective and we are delighted to see Washington, D.C. added to United’s existing Newark service and the wider route network offered from Dublin. This new service to Washington/Dulles not only provides a direct link between our two capital cities, but also offers convenient onward connections to destinations across the Americas.”

The new flight, UA127, departs Dublin daily at 11:25 a.m. and arrives at Washington/Dulles at 2:25 p.m. the same day. The return flight, UA126, departs Washington/Dulles daily at 10:02 p.m. and arrives at Dublin at 9:55 a.m. the next day (all times local).

The Dublin-Washington/Dulles service will operate daily until Nov. 3, 2012 (westbound). During the winter months, when demand traditionally declines, the frequency of the service will be reduced firstly to five days per week and then to four days per week.

The service is operated by a Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst® and 153 in United Economy®, including 45 Economy Plus® seats with added legroom.