United Airlines to launch new flights from Los Angeles to New Zealand and Australia

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  • Published on April 21, 2023
  • Last Updated June 8, 2023
  • In Culture

With new flight routes to New Zealand and Australia, United Airlines is making the 'largest South Pacific expansion in aviation history.

United Airlines goes Down Under!

This week, the air carrier announced it was making the “largest South Pacific expansion in aviation history” by increasing flights between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand by 40 percent this winter with 66 weekly flights.

Conde Nast Traveler reported on the growth of the Chicago-based airline.

In the new release regarding the air path, Patrick Quayle, the airline’s senior vice president of global network planning and alliances

“This past winter, United enhanced our network and became the largest carrier to the South Pacific region.” He also added that this is just the beginning. The airline will be “expanding even further” this winter.

He added, “Our strong partnerships with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia provide unparalleled connectivity, and with our historic expansion across five destinations in New Zealand and Australia, United is the clear choice for customers’ travel to the region.”

The highlight of the new expansion is the company now offering its first-ever nonstop flight between San Francisco and Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

The flights will utilize some of the airline’s largest aircraft, a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, three times a week.

Conde Nast said the new routes will kick off on October 28. On the 28th, four weekly flights from Los Angeles to Auckland will be added. Passengers on that day will also see an increase in flights from San Francisco to Sydney and Brisbane.

Brisbane will also see an increase in flights from Los Angeles on November 29 when United adds three weekly routes.

At the beginning of December, United will become the only airline to offer direct flights between the United States and New Zealand’s South Island, launching direct flights between San Francisco and Christchurch in New Zealand.

The outlet added the airline Qantas offers nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Auckland. Air New Zealand also provides a direct flight from New York City, Houston, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Chicago.

Martie Bowser is a journalist and public relations professional in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys amplifying the voices of POC and women that fill a void within their community. Her favorite things to cover include “person of interest” pieces, small business highlights, pop culture commentary, entertainment features, and everything about Beyoncé. Her bylines can be found in Blavity, Black Excellence, Signature Bride, Black Wall Street Times, and HipHop Weekly.

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