United commits to year-round non-stop San Francisco-Brisbane flights

  • June 9, 2022

Route supported by $200 Million public-private partnership by Queensland government

United Airlines has announced a year-round, nonstop service between San Francisco and Brisbane, becoming the first U.S. airline to add a new transpacific destination to its global network since the start of the pandemic.

From Brisbane, United customers will connect to nearly 20 other cities within Australia thanks to the airline’s new partnership with Virgin Australia. United was the only carrier to maintain passenger service between Australia and the U.S. during the pandemic. United’s new Brisbane service will operate three times weekly on a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that includes 48 lie-flat, United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus® seats, 39 Economy Plus® seats and 149 economy seats. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment to help customers pass the time and relax during their travels.

United Polaris Business Class seat
United Polaris Business Class seat. Photo: Supplied

The launch of this route is supported by The Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which was established to help rebuild the country’s international tourism industry. United’s new service will support 385 local jobs and bring an estimated $73 million into the economy.

The Queensland government would invest $100 million matched dollar-for-dollar by the state’s largest four airports to secure flights and rebuild Queensland’s $6 billion international tourism industry. The combined $200 million international aviation investment is predicted to deliver more than 5.3 million airline seats per year, generating almost $4 billion.

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