United Airlines expands with five new routes

On 26 October, Melbourne Airport welcomed with a cake ceremony, United Airlines’ first service from Los Angeles, a route served by its 787-8s and brand new 787-9. 

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United Airlines’ arrival at South Bend Airport from New York Newark was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gate. The 1,024-kilometre sector is served daily utilising ExpressJet Airlines’ 50-seat ERJ 145s.

Among United Airlines’ new addition was also the 634-kilometre airport pair from New York Newark to London in south-western Ontario, a sector operated twice-daily.

  • United Airlines had a busy week launching a total of five routes, including the 12,746-kilometre sector from Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL), which is operated by a mixed fleet of the Star Alliance member’s 219-seat 787-8s and its 252-seat 787-9. Noteworthy is the fact that United is the first North American carrier to deploy a 787-9 on international flights; nevertheless, starting on 16 November, the Melbourne sector will be operated only by United’s 787-9. Furthermore, on 27 October, the carrier also resumed operations on the 3,209-kilometre airport pair from Guam (GUM) to Seoul Incheon (ICN), a route last served by Continental Airlines in 1997. Overall, United will face direct competition on three of the new additions, with the sector to South Korea being the most extensively contested. Commenting on the route launch to Melbourne, the airport’s CEO, Chris Woodruff, said: “This inaugural flight is an exciting milestone and we warmly welcome this game-changing Dreamliner aircraft to Melbourne. United now provides travellers with a non-stop flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles on the most advanced passenger jet in the business. Combined with their convenient connection times and extensive network, United is delivering more choice for Victorians and visitors.”
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
27 Oct Guam (GUM) Seoul Incheon (ICN) B738 (7) Jeju Air (14), Jin Air (7), Korean Air (7)
26 Oct Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Melbourne (MEL) B78S (6) Qantas (7)
New York Newark, NJ (EWR) London (YXU) ERJ (14)
South Bend, IN (SBN) ERJ (7)
San Francisco, CA (SFO) Tokyo Haneda (HND) B772 (7) Japan Airlines (7)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 28 October 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.


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