United Airlines has announced the addition of Brisbane to its network, making it the third destination for United in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne. With this, United has become the first US airline to add a transpacific destination since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting 28th October 2022, United will operate 3-flights-a-week between San Francisco International Airport and Brisbane Airport with the following schedule:
- San Francisco-Brisbane
- Departure time: 23:20
- Arrival time: 06:30 (+2 days)
- Flight time: 14 hours and 10 minutes
- Flight number: UA96
- Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- Brisbane-San Francisco
- Departure time: 10:30
- Arrival time: 06:40
- Flight time: 13 hours and 10 minutes
- Flight number: UA97
- Frequency: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays
These flights will be operated by Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner featuring 48 lie-flag United Polaris Business Class seats, 21 United Premium Plus seats (Premium Economy seats), 39 Economy Plus seats (extra-legroom Economy seats) and 149 standard Economy Class seats. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment and Wi-Fi will also be available onboard.
Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances, United, said:
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. 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.
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From Brisbane, United passengers will be able to easily connect to nearly 20 other cities within Australia as a result of the airline’s new partnership with Virgin Australia. United says that it the only carrier to maintain passenger service between Australia and the United States during the pandemic.
In addition to the new Brisbane route, United currently flies nonstop to Sydney from San Francisco and Los Angeles and from San Francisco to Melbourne.
The launch of this route is supported by The Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which was established to help rebuild the country’s international tourism industry. The airline says that the new service will support 385 local jobs and bring an estimated $73 million into the economy. Pre-pandemic, San Francisco was the second largest mainland US inbound passenger market and destination for Queensland travellers. Passengers flying from Brisbane will easily be able to connect on to more than 80 destinations across North America.
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO, Brisbane Airport Corporation, said:
This new service from United is a gamechanger for Queensland and we look forward to welcoming guests from across the United network to experience the sunshine, beaches and Queensland’s unique outdoor lifestyle. Australia is often mentioned as a bucket-list destination for North American travelers, so now is the time for customers to jump on board and see it for themselves.
United is the longest serving US 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.
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