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United Boosts Australia With New Routes From The US

The airline has announced additional services between San Francisco and Sydney, as well as a number of new routes between the countries

by Fergus Cole

October 14, 2022

Photo courtesy of United Airlines

United Airlines will add three new flights between its hub in San Francisco (SFO) and Sydney (SYD) to meet growing demand, among other new routes between the U.S. and Australia. Scheduled to start on December 14, the additional flights will run at least until February 8, bringing the number of weekly rotations between both cities to 10.

United is also launching three new routes between both countries, linking Sydney with Houston, Melbourne with Los Angeles, and Brisbane with San Francisco.

“United has a great history serving Australia, and with our new codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia, the future is even brighter,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of global network planning and alliances.

“With strong demand for the upcoming northern winter season, we’re proud to add more travel options for our customers, both in the U.S. and Australia.”

The route has always been popular, but the removal of COVID restrictions and Qantas’ decision to stop flights until March next year has provided an opportunity for United to pick up additional business.

Those wishing to travel in style will be happy to hear that all of the additional flights to Australia will feature United’s premium Polaris fare class. Polaris customers can expect a private booth with complimentary restaurant-quality food and drinks.

As passenger demand grows, United will not be resting on its laurels. Hong Kong and Japan have recently removed most restrictions, with the airline eyeing up non-stop journeys to both countries. Just recently, United Airlines announced the resumption of direct flights to Hong Kong in January 2023, making it the first U.S. carrier to fly to the city since 2020.

The Chicago-based carrier is also looking to sure up offerings outside of Asia-Pacific. From the summer of 2023, United plans to fly to 37 destinations in Africa, Europe, India, and the Middle East.

“Next summer, United is offering the best of both worlds: we’re making it easier for our customers to visit the most popular cities in Europe, but we’re also expanding our reach to give travelers access to new places they haven’t yet experienced,” Quayle said.

“We expect another busy summer for international travel and are proud to build on our industry-leading global network to offer our customers the widest range of destinations and most convenient travel options.”