United Airlines Announces New Transpacific Destination
United today announced year-round, nonstop service to Australia. The Chicago-based airline will launch flights between San Francisco and Brisbane. From there, United customers will be able to easily connect to nearly 20 other cities within Australia thanks to the airline’s new partnership with Virgin Australia. United’s hub at San Francisco provides convenient one-stop connections for more than 80 North American destinations.
“With United’s strong history in Australia – and now with a great partner in Virgin Australia – it’s the ideal time for United to expand service to Brisbane as demand for travel continues to grow,” said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of international network and alliances at United. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve looked for strategic ways to grow our international network, and we’re proud to be the first U.S. airline to put a new dot on our route map across the Pacific.”
United currently flies nonstop to Sydney from San Francisco and Los Angeles and offers nonstop flights between Melbourne and the United States. Brisbane will be the third Australian city serviced by the airline.
The launch of this route is supported by The Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which is focused on rebuilding Australia’s international tourism industry. United’s new service will support 385 local jobs and bring an estimated $73 million into the economy.
United’s new Brisbane service will operate three times weekly on a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that includes 48 lie-flat, United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus® seats, 39 Economy Plus® seats and 149 economy seats. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment to help customers pass the time and relax during their travels.
United is the longest serving U.S. carrier in Australia, serving the country for more than 35 years with its first direct service to Sydney in 1986. The airline first began offering nonstop service to Melbourne from Los Angeles in 2014 and recently restarted its San Francisco–Melbourne service this June.
For more information and to book flights on this new route, please visit united.com.