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UNITED  Boeing 787 United Airlines has embarked on a pioneering venture, inaugurating its first-ever non-stop service between Brisbane and Los Angeles. The launch of flight UA 284, operated by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, marks a significant leap in air travel, bridging the Pacific with unparalleled ease and comfort. This thrice-weekly service enhances connectivity and symbolizes the robust ties between the United States and Australia.

United arrival of LAX - BNE

United arrival of LAX – BNE.

As of today, United Airlines boasts the distinction of operating more flights between the U.S. and the South Pacific than any other airline. This includes an impressive network across Australia and New Zealand, overshadowing the combined efforts of all U.S.-based carriers. By year’s end, United is poised to offer an unprecedented 66 weekly flights to this region, a near 50% increase from the previous year, cementing its position as a leader in U.S. aviation history.

With its expansive network, United now connects Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane directly to Los Angeles and San Francisco. This offers travellers seamless access to over 270 destinations across the Americas. This strategic expansion reflects United’s commitment to offering a broad spectrum of travel options, catering to leisure and business travellers alike.

Tim Wallis, United’s Regional Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, expressed pride in this milestone. “The inauguration of our non-stop service from Brisbane to LA is a proud moment for us. The strong cultural and economic ties between Australians and Americans, particularly in Queensland and Los Angeles, are well-served by this expansion,” he said. Wallis also highlighted the enhanced transit experience at LAX Airport, thanks to recent infrastructure improvements, facilitating smoother connections for travellers heading to the U.S. or Latin America.

The launch of this service is timely, coinciding with the summer holiday season. Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, underscored the significance of this route for tourism and trade. “The onset of direct flights to LA, a dream destination for many, is not just a win for travelers but also a boost for Queensland’s export sector,” de Graaff noted. He anticipates a surge in passenger traffic through Brisbane’s International Terminal, projecting a 46% increase from the previous year.

Increased frequencies and capacity on various routes have marked United’s expansion in the South Pacific. The airline now offers daily flights to Los Angeles and twice-daily services to San Francisco from Sydney, along with daily connections to both cities from Melbourne. Additionally, the San Francisco-Melbourne route has significantly boosted passenger capacity.

This strategic move by United Airlines represents a leap in international travel and is a testament to the enduring partnership between the United States and Australia. It’s a new chapter in global connectivity, where distances are shortened, and cultural and economic exchanges are bolstered.




Written by: Yves Thomas