New United Airlines service to Brisbane ‘history in the making’

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Brisbane has welcomed United Airlines’ first flight from San Francisco in the new thrice weekly service that is expected to bring 40,000 people a year to Queensland.

The service is one of six secured by Queensland’s $200 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund in partnership with the State’s four international airports.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the new service was “history in the making”.

“United Airlines’ inaugural direct flight is our boarding pass to the next leg of Queensland’s international tourism recovery,” he said.

“We know aviation is absolutely critical to rebuilding Queensland’s $6 billion international visitor economy, that’s why we’ve created Australia’s biggest international airline war chest.”

Prior to the pandemic, the US was Queensland’s third biggest inbound travel market, bringing in 236,000 visitors a year and spending $419 million.

“We are delighted to work with the Queensland Government and Brisbane Airport Corporation to launch new nonstop flights between San Francisco and Brisbane, becoming the first U.S. airline to add a new transpacific destination to its global network since the start of the pandemic,” said United Airlines senior vice-president of global network planning and alliance Patrick Quayle.

“United has a long history in Australia, and with our new partnership with Virgin Australia, now is the ideal time to expand our service and offer additional convenient flight options to our customers on both sides of the Pacific.”