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United Airlines keeps expanding its global route network. This time the Chicago-based carrier has announced several routes to the Pacific with new service to Manila, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Taipei.
United is the largest US carrier across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In total, the airline will fly to 15 different Asia-Pacific destinations this winter (this excludes mainland China). With these new additions, United’s transpacific network will be 50% larger than all other U.S. airlines combined.
United be the first U.S. airline to fly direct from the continental US with the launch of flights between Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The daily service will begin on October 29th using a Boeing 777-300ER. This complements United’s existing service to Manila from Guam Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) and Palau Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR).
United is the only US airline to fly nonstop to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Starting on October 28th, it will add a daily service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This will be the third daily flight to Hong Kong with 2x daily service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in place already.
Tokyo (Narita), Japan
On October 28th, United will resume its daily service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) using a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. This flight will now connect Los Angeles to both of Tokyo’s international airports. Service Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) (HND) has been running.
United will increase flights to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) on October 29th by bumping up service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to 2x daily. The flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER.
Anthony’s Take: United continues to be the most adventurous with its route network and these additions strengthen its Asian dominance even further. I’ve never been to Manila and Hong Kong is one of my favorites. It’s great to see more flights easily connecting the US and Asia.
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