San Francisco event to kick start United’s MEL-SFO route

UA and SF teams with queens

Belinda Condon of United Airlines, Jemima Handful, Tommy Lindblad of United Airlines, Jessica James, Allie Sparr of SF Travel and SFO Intl Airport, and Amanda Monroe.

With the support from United Airlines, Visit California, Sonoma County Tourism, Visit Napa Valley and South Lake Tahoe, SF Travel, SFO and Brand USA hosted a San Francisco-themed event in Melbourne on 22 October to celebrate the launch of the new United Airlines direct flight between the two cities. The first flight from Melbourne departs on 31 October, 2019 and will operate three days a week every Monday, Thursday and Saturday until further notice.

The event took place at Beneath Driver Lane, a speakeasy in Melbourne’s CBD and included San Francisco staples such as clam chowder served in bread bowls to mimic the world renowned Boudin Bakery at Pier 39. Other San Francisco demonstrations through the event included three drag queens named Jessica James, Amanda Monroe and Jemima Handful who welcomed the guests and entertained the crowd with a musical performance and a San Francisco themed version of The Price is Right for the prizes.

Wes Leslie, musician and Founder of Wild SF Tours, flew out from San Francisco to join the event as a roaming storyteller sharing the meaning behind the term ‘Sugar Daddy’ that originated in San Francisco.

Gate 7 team and queens: Back row left to right: Vanessa Fletcher of Visit California, Dani Tuffield, Jemima Handful, Jessica James, Amanda Monroe and Sarah Thornton of Travel Just 4 U Front row left to right: Melanie Bednall of Visit California, Allie Sparr of SF Travel and SFO Intl Airport, Penny Brand and Lauren Whicker of Brand USA

The event ended in a special surprise giveaway for two winners. The first winner was Jennifer Mikkelsen of Travel Counsellors who won a trip to San Francisco, Sonoma County and South Lake Tahoe and the second winner was Karen Scharnbock of APT Touring who won a trip to San Francisco, Napa Valley and South Lake Tahoe.

Grand Prize winners" Left to right: Amanda Monroe, Jennifer Mikkelsen of Travel Counsellors, Karen Scharnbock of APT Touring, Allie Sparr of SF Travel and SFO Intl Airport, Jemima Handful and Jessica James

Lead image: Belinda Condon of United Airlines, Jemima Handful, Tommy Lindblad of United Airlines, Jessica James, Allie Sparr of SF Travel and SFO Intl Airport, and Amanda Monroe.

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