United Airlines is set to add Brisbane to its global network for the first time, with the launch of flights to the Queensland capital from San Francisco on October 28.
The launch is the first new trans-Pacific route to be launched by a US carrier since the start of the pandemic and is a huge boost for travel between Queensland and the US since Virgin Australia exited long-haul flights. couriers.
From Brisbane, United customers will be able to easily connect to nearly 20 other Australian cities thanks to the airline’s new partnership with Virgin Australia.
In return, United offers direct connectivity to more than 80 North American cities from San Francisco.
“With United’s strong history in Australia – and now with a great partner in Virgin Australia – it’s the perfect time for United to expand its service to Brisbane as travel demand continues to grow,” said Patrick, Senior Vice President of United’s International Network and Alliances. Quayle.
“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been looking for strategic ways to grow our international network, and we’re proud to be the first US airline to put a new point on our route map across the Pacific.”
In addition to the new Brisbane route, United currently flies nonstop to Sydney from San Francisco and Los Angeles and offers nonstop flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles.
United’s new Brisbane service will operate three times a week on a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which includes 48 reclining United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus seats, 39 Economy Plus seats and 149 Economy seats.
All seats are equipped with on-demand entertainment with hundreds of movies, TV shows and more.
United is the oldest American carrier in Australia, serving the country for more than 35 years with its first direct service to Sydney in 1986.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the United Airlines deal would inject $73 million into the economy.
“Rebuilding Queensland’s tourism industry is a priority for our government,” she said.
“We are aggressively seeking new direct flights to our main tourist destinations to increase visits and support local jobs. This is what our Attracting Aviation Investment Fund is designed for.
Palaszczuk said the deal with United Airlines was a big blow for Queensland.
“United has never flown direct to Queensland. The airline has over 100 million loyal members and is the largest and oldest US carrier in the Australian market,” she said.
“This air link is also of strategic importance to Queensland when it comes to increasing our share of the international tourism market.
“San Francisco is a major hub for United with direct connectivity to 80 North American cities.
“By securing these flights, Queensland becomes an easy choice for thousands of visitors across the United States,” Palaszczuk said.
The launch of the route is supported by the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which was set up to help rebuild the country’s international tourism industry.
United’s new service will support 385 local jobs and contribute around A$73 million to the economy.
Before the pandemic, San Francisco was the second largest inbound passenger market in the United States and the destination for travelers from Queensland.