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United expands in the Pacific yet again, including new flights to the Philippines

United has announced yet another expansion in the Pacific, including new flights to the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.


Starting 29th October 2023, United will be the only U.S. airline with non-stop transpacific flights to the Philippines, with the launch of its service between San Francisco and Manila. Adding to the carrier’s existing service to Manila from Guam and Palau, the new flight will operate daily on a Boeing B777-300ER, the airline’s largest airplane.

Japan and Taiwan

As of 28th October 2023, United will resume daily, direct service between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Naritaon a Boeing B787-10 Dreamliner. With its existing service between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Haneda, United will now connect Los Angeles to both of Tokyo’s international airports.

United already serves Taipei with a daily flight from San Francisco, being the only U.S. carrier to serve Taiwan with a nonstop daily flight. The airline is building on this and adding another daily flight between San Francisco and Taipei from 29th October 2023 operated by a Boeing B777-200ER aircraft.

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Hong Kong

United is the only U.S. airline to fly non-stop to Hong Kong, and starting 28th October 2023, the carrier will increase its service with a new, direct daily flight from Los Angeles. The flight will operate daily on a Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. In total this winter, United will have three daily flights to Hong Kong from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

United is already the largest carrier flying between the U.S. and destinations in the Pacific. In total, the airline will fly long-haul flights to 15 different international destinations across the Pacific this winter. Excluding mainland Chinaflying, United’s transpacific network will be 50% larger than all other U.S. airlines combined.

United offers more flights to more destinations across the Pacific than all other U.S. airlines combined. United is the flag carrier of the U.S. and we are excited to bring this new service to Manila while expanding access to Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo.

said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, United.

This expansion builds on the continued growth of United’s international network. Earlier this year, the airline made the largest South Pacific network expansion in aviation history – adding 40% more flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand. And this summer United is flying its largest-ever schedule across the Atlantic, 32% larger than the airline’s 2019 schedule and 10% larger than the next largest U.S. carrier.

Meanwhile, United has axed its plans to serve Bengaluru in India and is instead going double-daily on Newark-Delhi route.

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