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A major American airline, United Airlines has announced new flight routes, including the first non-stop flight between San Francisco and Christchurch, set to begin on December 1st, 2023.

United Airlines has revealed its largest South Pacific network expansion, which includes 40% more flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand next winter. The airline flies to more destinations in Australia and New Zealand than all other U.S. carriers combined.

Where Can I Get Tickets for the New Flight Routes?

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United Airlines is adding new direct flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane © Business Traveller.

Passengers who want to get away for the winter to sunny Australia and New Zealand can book via the United Airlines mobile app or online at United.com.

Passengers can enjoy trips from Los Angeles to Brisbane and Auckland. 

The airline will also increase its service from its San Francisco hub with daily flights to Brisbane, twice-daily flights to Sydney, and larger aircraft to Melbourne. 

With United Airlines’ new partnership with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, passengers traveling from the U.S. can enjoy easy one-stop connections to the regions.

Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, said: “This past winter, United enhanced our network and became the largest carrier to the South Pacific region. Now, this upcoming winter, we will expand even further.”

“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.”

More Details About the New Routes

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Starting in December, United Airlines will be the only airline in the U.S. to offer a non-stop flight between San Francisco and Christchurch. It will fly this route thrice weekly on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. 

Currently, it is the only U.S. carrier to serve Auckland all year round with its existing service from San Francisco.

Starting October 28th, 2023, the airline will fly its Los Angeles-Auckland route on a Boeing 878-9 Dreamliner. 

Later on in the month in November, the carrier will add three weekly Los Angles-Brisbane flights to its schedule. 

United Airlines History

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The airline was first created in 1931 by aviation pioneer William Boeing. United Airlines’ first early routes were transporting mail across the U.S. This included New York City via Chicago and Salt Lake City to San Francisco.

In 1933, the airline introduced the Boeing 247 for the first time, which meant passengers could fly across the U.S. without stopping to change planes. Since then, it is now the world’s third-largest airline, serving more than 210 destinations in the U.S. and 120 international destinations.

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