United Announces Massive Expansion in Australia and New Zealand

by Anthony Losanno
United 787

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As I mentioned yesterday, United Airlines was teasing about new routes being announced today. Well, they issued a release this morning with full details around new and expanded service to Australia and New Zealand. With these new flights, United will serve more destinations with more flights than any other airline. Once these flights start, United will offer 66 weekly flights this winter including new service to Christchurch, the addition of flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane and Auckland, and increased frequency from San Francisco to Brisbane and Sydney.


Among the new routes and frequencies, United highlighted:

  • A new destination: Christchurch, NZ. The new flights will go between Christchurch International Airport (CHC) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This will run three times weekly on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. It launches on December 1st.
  • New routes from LAX: Flights to Auckland Airport (AKL) and Brisbane Airport (BNE) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will launch on October 28th and November 29th. Auckland service will be four times weekly while flights to Brisbane will run three times. Both flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
  • More frequency: United will increase its flying from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Brisbane Airport (BNE) and Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD). Starting October 28th, there will be daily flights between San Francisco and Brisbane on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. There will also be twice daily flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) on Boeing 777-300ERs.
  • More seats: United is increasing the number of seats to Melbourne Airport (MEL) from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) by upgauging the aircraft to a Boeing 777-300ER starting on October 28th. This will add around 100 additional seats per flight.

From United:

This past winter, United enhanced our network and became the largest carrier to the South Pacific region. Now, this upcoming winter, we will expand even further,” said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances. “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.”


Anthony’s Take: I’ve been to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and loved all three. New Zealand has long been on my list and with all of these new options, it could become a reality soon. I give United a lot of credit for its impressive route network and all of the international expansion over the past few years.

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