United Airlines begins new Brisbane-Los Angeles route

Thrice weekly service complements daily San Francisco frequencies

United Airlines has today begun its new Brisbane to Los Angeles service with the inaugural flight of UA284. The new non-stop service will fly three times a week using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, significantly increasing capacity to the US out of the Queensland captial.

United now has more flights between the US and Australia and the US and New Zealand than any other carrier in the world, as well as more than all other carriers in the US combined. By the end of this year, United will operate 66 flights between the US and the South Pacific region every week. With nearly 50% growth over the past year, it is the largest expansion to the region in US aviation history.

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United Airlines now flies non-stop services out of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles and San Francisco with connections to more than 270 destinations across the Americas.

“At United, we’re very proud to expand our services between Brisbane and the US with our first non-stop service to LA. Australians are in the top five sources for international visitors to Los Angeles just as Americans are for Queensland, and we’re happy to offer travellers, and our trade partners, even more choice,” said Tim Wallis, Regional Manager – Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti.

“Our strong partnership with Virgin Australia provides excellent connectivity in this part of the world and has helped United be the clear choice for travellers between our two regions. LAX Airport has undergone significant infrastructure works in recent times, improving the transit experience considerably for travellers with US or Latin American connections.”

In a milestone moment, today's arrival saw two Dreamliners from United Airlines parked side by side at Brisbane Airport's International Terminal for the first time.

The new service brings the total number of flights between Brisbane and the US to ten each week. There are now daily non-stop flights between Brisbane and San Francisco and now non-stop flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles, three times a week.

“We are excited to see the launch of this service in time for the start of the summer holidays. We know a trip to LA and Disneyland has long been a bucket list item for many families. It is also great news for Queensland exporters. And importantly, it will boost the flow of American visitors to Queensland,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport.

“We expect 1 million passengers will travel through the International Terminal these holidays, up 46% on last year, and the United Airlines services to Los Angeles and San Francisco will be an important part of that growth. To see two Dreamliners from United Airlines on our tarmac for the first time is a magic moment.”

United’s expansion to the South Pacific region has recently seen additional services added throughout Australia, to now offer daily flights to Los Angeles and twice daily flights to San Francisco from Sydney, daily flights to both San Francisco and Los Angeles from Melbourne as well as increased passenger capacity on the San Francisco to Melbourne route.

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