United Airlines Expands In Australia

United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner arriving into Brisbane Airport after completing an inaugural flight from Los Angeles

United Airlines continues expanding to Australia by launching a Los Angeles to Brisbane service with the 787 Dreamliner.

More Flights To Brisbane, Australia

In time for the upcoming holiday season, United Airlines has launched a thrice-weekly service from Los Angeles to Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

The 787-9 Dreamliner will operate the flight and accompany the airline’s daily San Francisco to Brisbane flight.

Thanks to the connection from United Airlines, the major U.S. carrier now offers better connectivity from Australia to North America than flag carrier Qantas.

The company expansion in the Oceania region has been a considerable focus recently. A few weeks ago, Melbourne was the focal point for service up gauging to SFO, with a 777-300ER now featuring instead of the Dreamliner.

United says the flight will depart from Los Angeles on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2100 before arriving in Brisbane at 0515.

The aircraft is expected to spend over 7 hours on the ground in Brisbane before departing to Los Angeles at 1245 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Even More Value For Queensland And United Airlines

Aside from carrying passengers, United Airlines also plays an essential role in being a crucial trade partner to the state and boosting exports.

For example, on the airline’s inaugural flight to San Francisco, there were 15 tonnes of high-quality chilled Queensland beef.

However, this inaugural flight is not the only service that includes vital exports. Following this, United has transported beef, lamb, seafood, and more.

United and Brisbane Airport says this generates millions of dollars in revenue for Queensland businesses and, more importantly, helps support local jobs.

A Historic Day For Brisbane Airport

The launch of service from Los Angeles to Brisbane was also met with a historic photo opportunity.

Two United 787s were parked next to each other at the terminal, highlighting United’s commitment to the city and Brisbane Airport’s growing connection to North America.

These Boeing 787s would return hundreds of passengers to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Two United Airlines Boeing 787s parked side by side at Brisbane Airport

Comments From Executives

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.

Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaff.

At United, we’re very proud to expand our services between Brisbane and the U.S. 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. 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 U.S. or Latin American connections.

 Tim Wallis, Regional Manager at United Airlines – Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. 

United AIrlines’ Reliance On The Boeing 787

The Boeing 787, featuring all three variants, plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day operations at United Airlines.

Per the latest fleet data from planespotters.net, the carrier flies 69 787s with two aircraft being parked—this data is across the three variants.

The most critical variant, when measured by active units, is the 787-9, with 37 units in service and one in storage, averaging an age of 6.3 years.

Boeing’s 787-10, the most significant variant in the family by length and capacity, averages 3.5 years at United Airlines with 21 active units.

Finally, United Airlines operates 11 787-8s in-service, with one unit in storage. These 787-8s have the oldest average age, sitting at 10.4 years.

Daniel Fowkes
02 Dec 2023
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