United Airlines will begin daily seasonal service between Chicago and the Italian capital of Rome on May 1, 2010. The once-daily flight will operate through the peak summer travel season, ending on August 31, 2010.

Service between Rome and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, United’s largest hub, will offer convenient new options for customers throughout the western United States, Canada, and the Midwest. United will continue to offer once-daily nonstop service between Rome and Washington Dulles, the airline’s principal gateway to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

“Our new service to Rome from Chicago O’Hare adds even more convenience for customers looking to travel to Italy during the summer months,” said Greg Kaldahl, vice president of resource planning. “Along with our Washington service, customers will have additional options to consider when making their summer travel plans.”

“We are delighted that our hometown airline is expanding service between two world-class cities,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. “This service further strengthens Chicago O’Hare’s position as one of the major global gateways in the United States.”

Service between Chicago and Rome will be operated with Boeing 767 aircraft on the following schedule: beginning May 1, Flight 904 departs Chicago for Rome at 6:25 pm, arriving at 10:40 am the next day; beginning May 2, Flight 905 departs Rome for Chicago at 12:30 pm, arriving at 4:05 pm the next day.

Schedules are subject to change.