United Airlines has launched new flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles in time for the Christmas holidays. The airline will operate LA services thrice a week using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. With this addition, there will now be 10 United Airlines flights each week to Brisbane. The addition of this route surpasses pre-pandemic capacity levels between Brisbane and the United States.
This new service significantly improves the connectivity between Queensland and the United States during the festive season. The inaugural flight, UA283, arrived on December 1st from Los Angeles.
Last year, United Airlines became the first American carrier to offer non-stop flights from the US mainland to Queensland. The airline launched service from its hub in San Francisco. These services have now become daily.
The flight’s arrival marked a special milestone, featuring two Dreamliners from United Airlines parked side by side at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal for the first time.
“We are excited to see the launch of this service in time for the start of the summer holidays. We know a trip to LA and Disneyland has long been a bucket list item for many families. It is also great news for Queensland exporters. And importantly, it will boost the flow of American visitors to Queensland,” said Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaff.
“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. To see two Dreamliners from United Airlines on our tarmac for the first time is a magic moment.”
A Commitment to Australia
According to United Airlines Tim Wallis, Regional Manager – Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, the new service builds on United Airlines’ commitment to Australia.
“At United, we’re very proud to expand our services between Brisbane and the U.S. with our first non-stop service to LA. 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 travelers and our trade partners even more choice,” he said.
“Our strong partnership with Virgin Australia provides excellent connectivity in this part of the world and has helped United be the clear choice for travelers between our two regions. LAX Airport has undergone significant infrastructure works in recent times, improving the transit experience considerably for travelers with U.S. or Latin American connections.”
“Brisbane Airport Corporation have been wonderful partners to work with, and we enjoy a really collaborative and engaged relationship. We look forward to continuing to grow this partnership, ensuring the success of these UA services, and hopefully leading to future growth.”
United Airlines Air Freight Boosts Exports
The flights to San Francisco enhance capacity for Queensland exporters and contribute to the economy. United Airlines transported 15 tonnes of top-quality chilled Queensland beef on its inaugural flight. Since then, the San Francisco service has consistently transported full loads of exports. These include beef, lamb, and seafood, generating substantial revenue for Queensland businesses and supporting local jobs.
For convenience, the flights will depart from Los Angeles at 9 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. They arrive in Brisbane at 5:15 am. On the return journey, flights depart Brisbane at 12:45 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.