United Airlines announces daily nonstop service between Sydney and Houston
United Airlines (UAL) today announced it will start a daily, nonstop service between Sydney and its Houston hub. The new flight, beginning on January 20, 2018 (northbound), subject to government approval, offers travelers from Sydney convenient access to Houston as well as many other cities across the U.S. and Latin America.
This flight marks United’s third direct route from Sydney to the U.S., with the other routes providing direct daily nonstop access to United’s West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The flight will also be United’s second longest route operated at 8,596 miles, just behind Singapore to Los Angeles, which will launch this October.
“At United we are proud to offer our customers the world’s most comprehensive route network and this new flight helps to bolster that offering further,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s vice president of Atlantic and Pacific Sales. “We are committed to the Australian market and this addition is proof of that. We look forward to offering travelers flying on this route, and all of our other direct routes from Australia, with a faster and more convenient travel experience.”
“We are delighted to provide travelers from Sydney with unparalleled easy access to the U.S. and beyond through this new route launch,” said Alison Espley, managing director of Japan and Pacific Sales. “United carefully planned this route with the convenience and comfort of our customers in mind so that we may provide them with a premier inflight service. We are proud of operating the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for this route, with its passenger-friendly features, we ensure our customers will have a smooth ride to their destination.”
Sydney-Houston Flight Schedule
Flight UA 100 will depart Sydney Airport at 11:50 a.m. daily, arriving at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:35 a.m. the same day. The return flight, UA 101 will depart
Houston at 8:00 p.m. daily, arriving in Sydney at 6:30 a.m. two days later (all times local). Flying time will be approximately 15 hours and 45 minutes (northbound) and 17 hours and 30 minutes (southbound).
United has timed arrival to Houston to provide optimal connections to more than 70 cities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
United’s flight between Sydney and Houston will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a total of 252 seats – 48 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class, 63 Economy Plus seats and 141 seats in United Economy. United Polaris business class features a reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers, including elevated inflight food and beverages, tranquil custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, comfortable pajamas and exclusive amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa.
United Economy Plus offers additional legroom and increased personal space. Located near the front of the economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane on arrival.
United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, beer and wine, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment. Additionally, the seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.
United’s 787-9 Dreamliner Experience
The Boeing Dreamliner is revolutionizing the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. The aircraft’s use of lightweight composites, together with its modern engines and improved aerodynamic design, allow it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft. To download a high-resolution photo of the United 787, visithttp://newsroom.united.com/Boeing787.
United in Australia
United started service to Australia in 1986 and today operates daily nonstop flights from Sydney to its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs. United also offers daily nonstop service from Melbourne to Los Angeles. United operates all flights between Australia and the U.S. with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
United in Houston
United has operated for nearly 50 years from its hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. United and United Express offer nearly 500 daily flights to more than 170 destinations around the world, including top business and leisure markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Houston hub is United’s premier gateway to Latin America, serving 51 nonstop destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean. United is also one of Houston’s largest employers, with more than 14,000 Houston-based employees.
United customers are seeing a big transformation in Houston with its $277 million investment in the new Terminal C North with roomier gate areas, the latest technology and chef-inspired dining choices. This year, United and airport hospitality group OTG opened Terminal C North with five new elevated dining and retail experiences. United and OTG will start introducing more new food and retail concepts in Terminal E beginning in September.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 748 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 475 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 190 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “UAL”.