United Airlines has reaffirmed its commitment to Houston with the announcement that it will begin daily, nonstop service between its Houston hub and Sydney on January 18, 2018, the company said.
The new flight will be the only nonstop service to Australia from Houston and offers customers from Houston as well as from hundreds of cities across the US the opportunity to conveniently travel to Sydney. United currently serves Sydney nonstop from its West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This flight is subject to government approval.
At 8,596 miles, this flight will be United´s second longest. Together with its service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore, United will fly the three longest flights by a US carrier, making United the provider of ultra-long haul flights.
United´s flight between Houston and Sydney 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.
Since 1986, United has offered nonstop service from its West Coast hubs in the US to Sydney and Melbourne. United offers daily nonstop service to Sydney from its hub at San Francisco International Airport and daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Sydney and Melbourne. United operates all flights between the US and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
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 USD 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 US 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”.