Brisbane and Los Angeles UNITED
- United Airlines launches Brisbane to Los Angeles flights in time for Christmas holidays
- LA services will operate three times per week on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners
- The new service brings the total number of United Airlines flights between Brisbane and the United States to 10 each week.
Queensland and the United States are better connected these Christmas holidays following the launch of United Airlines services from Brisbane to Los Angeles.
Inaugural flight UA283 touched down this morning from Los Angeles, boosting capacity between Brisbane and the United States beyond pre-pandemic levels.
Last year United Airlines became the first American carrier to operate passenger services non-stop from the US mainland to Queensland when it launched flights from its hub in San Francisco. Those services are now daily.
In a milestone moment, today’s arrival saw two Dreamliners from United Airlines parked side by side at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal for the first time.
“We are excited to see the launch of this service in time for the start of the summer holidays. We know a trip to LA and Disneyland has long been a bucket list item for many families. It is also great news for Queensland exporters. And importantly, it will boost the flow of American visitors to Queensland,” according to Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaff.
“We expect 1 million passengers will travel through the International Terminal these holidays, up 46% on last year, and the United Airlines services to Los Angeles and San Francisco will be an important part of that growth. To see two Dreamliners from United Airlines on our tarmac for the first time is a magic moment.”
The new service builds on United Airlines commitment to Australia, according to Tim Wallis, Regional Manager - Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti.
“At United, we’re very proud to expand our services between Brisbane and the U.S. with our first non-stop service to LA. Australians are in the top five sources for international visitors to Los Angeles just as Americans are for Queensland, and we’re happy to offer travellers, and our trade partners, even more choice.
“Our strong partnership with Virgin Australia provides excellent connectivity in this part of the world and has helped United be the clear choice for travellers between our two regions. LAX Airport has undergone significant infrastructure works in recent times, improving the transit experience considerably for travellers with U.S. or Latin American connections.”
"Brisbane Airport Corporation have been wonderful partners to work with, and we enjoy a really collaborative and engaged relationship. We look forward to continuing to grow this partnership, ensuring the success of these UA services, and hopefully leading to future growth."
The flights also boost capacity for Queensland exporters. The inaugural United Airlines flight to San Francisco carried 15 tonnes of high-quality chilled Queensland beef bound for US dining tables. The San Francisco service has continued to carry full loads of exports including beef, lamb and seafood, generating millions of dollars of revenue for Queensland businesses and supporting local jobs.
Services will depart Los Angeles on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9pm and arrive in Brisbane at 515am.
Flights will depart Brisbane at 1245pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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