United Airlines is building up its network in the South Pacific with a trio of new routes, including the first-ever nonstop flight from California to New Zealand’s South Island and new routes to Australia and New Zealand from Los Angeles.
United Airlines Adds Nonstop Flight From San Francisco to Christchurch, New Zealand
For the time-ever, we will see nonstop service between San Francisco (SFO) and Christchurch (CHC) on New Zealand’s beautiful South Island.
On December 1, 2023 United will launch 3x weekly service to Christchurch utilizing a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
United Airlines Adds Nonstop Flight From Los Angeles To Auckland
On October 28, 2023 United will launch 4x weekly service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Auckland (AKL) utilizing a a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The new service will be seasonal and in conjunction wtih Air New Zealand, with whom United has a joint venture relationship.
United Airlines Adds Nonstop Flight From Los Angeles To Brisbane
On November 29, 2023, United will 3x weekly service Los Angeles – Brisbane (BNE) flights on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, thereby eclipsing Qantas as the largest between the USA and Brisbane. Qantas also serves the LAX-BNE route with an Airbus A330.
United Airlines’ Historic South Pacific Expansion
Beyond the three new routes, United has announced upguages to a pair of routes from San Francisco:
- Brisbane will go from 3x weekly to daily using a 787-9 this winter, starting on October 28, 2023
- Sydney will go double daily on a Boeing 777-300ER starting on October 28, 2023
- Melbourne will be upguaged to a 777-300ER, adding 100 daily seats, also starting on October 28, 2023
Already, United Airlines flies to more destinations in Australia and Pacific than all other US carriers combined. With the latest expansion, United will offer 66 flights per week between the USA and Australia/New Zealand, representing a 40% increase versus the 2022 northern winter.
Strong demand to the South Pacific coupled with a close relationship with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have made these routes possible according to United’s mastermind of route planning, Patrick Quayle.
“Our strong partnerships with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia provide unparalleled connectivity, and with our historic expansion across five destinations in New Zealand and Australia, United is the clear choice for customers’ travel to the region.”
Quayle, who is United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, has had a tenure at United marked by bold international route expansion.
United’s South Pacific expansion is exciting and I am particularly thrilled about the two new longhaul routes from my home airport of LAX. This expansion in Australia and New Zealand demonstrates the culmination of years of effort building relationships with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia.
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