United Airlines is set to launch four new Pacific routes next week, beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, on October 26. Later in the week, the airline will also launch two new routes from its Guam hub – Seoul, South Korea, on October 27 and Shanghai on October 28.
Los Angeles – Melbourne, Australia
The airline will fly the Los Angeles – Melbourne route six times weekly with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. United is the North American launch customer for the 787-9, and this will be the carrier's first international deployment of the aircraft type.
United has timed the new Melbourne flights to connect at Los Angeles with a network throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. Together, United and United Express operate nearly 200 flights daily from Los Angeles to more than 65 destinations. With this new service, United will provide one-stop service to Melbourne from more than 37 U.S. cities.
San Francisco – Tokyo/Haneda Airport
New daily flights between San Francisco and Tokyo's close-in Haneda Airport will complement United's existing service between the hub and Tokyo's Narita International Airport.
Good to know: The flight schedules will let customers use public transportation between Haneda Airport and central Tokyo and Yokohama.
United also operates daily service to Tokyo/Narita from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, as well as from Honolulu.
Also worth knowing: United is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, with nearly 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and around the world—morethan any other airline from the Bay Area. United's San Francisco hub also offers more nonstop trans-Pacific service than any airline hub in America. The company currently operates nearly 30 daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to more than 20 international destinations.
Guam to Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai
In addition, United will launch two new routes from its Guam hub at A.P. Won Pat International Airport: daily service to Seoul's Incheon International Airport beginning on October 27, and twice-weekly service to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, the first nonstop service from Guam to mainland China, beginning on October 28.