Originally posted February 20, 2014
Effective October 26, 2014 we’re introducing nonstop flights between our hub Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia, (westbound). The route will be flown six times weekly. Initially, we’ll fly three routes with our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and three with our Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner; then starting November 16, we’ll fly all six routes with the 787-9. We are the North American launch customer for the 787-9 and this will be the first international deployment of the aircraft type, the longest of any carrier.
The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large overhead bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride. It offers a total of 252 seats – 48 in BusinessFirst® and 204 in Economy, including 63 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
“We are excited about using the newest version of the Dreamliner, the 787-9, to provide nonstop trans-Pacific service to Melbourne,” said Jim Compton, our vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “Our customers on these new flights will enjoy a more convenient itinerary, as well as improved inflight comfort and amenities. At the same time, we will seek to make changes to our Sydney schedule which will enable faster connections via our San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs from points throughout the Americas.”
This nonstop Los Angeles-Melbourne service will end United service between Melbourne and Sydney. We are retiming daily departures from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney in order to allow a greater range of connections beyond the hubs and to provide more convenient arrival times for customers on connecting flights from Sydney to New York and other East Coast destinations. We’ve also timed the new flights to conveniently connect at Los Angeles with an extensive network of service throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. With this new service, we’ll provide convenient one-stop service to Melbourne from more than 37 U.S. cities.