United launches direct service to Los Angeles from Brisbane


United Airlines has launched its new direct Brisbane to Los Angeles service with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Flying three times a week, United now has more flights between the US and Australia 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. 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.

“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, United’s Regional Manager ANZ 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.”

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 non-stop flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles three times a week.

Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaf said the new service will boost the flow of American visitors to Queensland.

“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,” he said.