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United Airlines Announces a Further Pacific Expansion for Fall 2023

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

This fall, United Airlines will add more service to the Asia-Pacific region, and will become the first U.S. airline to offer nonstop flights to Manila from the continental U.S. The carrier will also add more direct flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei.

United to Launch Exclusive Daily Service Between San Francisco and Manila Starting October 29, 2023 - Courtesy United Airlines/PRNewswire

On Tuesday (July 18, 2023), United Airlines announced a further expansion to the Asia-Pacific region from fall 2023. Starting in October, the carrier will add more nonstop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei, and will also become the only U.S airline offering direct service between the continental U.S. and Manila in the Philippines. In total, United will offer long-haul flights to 15 international destinations across the Asia-Pacific for the winter 2023/24 season. Excluding flights to mainland China, United’s transpacific network will be 50 percent larger than all other U.S. airlines combined.

In Tuesday’s announcement, United Airlines’ SVP – Global Network Planning and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said,

“United offers more flights to more destinations across the Pacific than all other U.S. airlines combined. United is the flag carrier of the U.S. and we are excited to bring this new service to Manila while expanding access to Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo.”

Starting October 29, 2023, United will launch new exclusive daily service between San Francisco (SFO) and Manila (MNL) with a Boeing 777-300ER, complementing existing service to Manila from Guam and Palau. Additionally, from October 28th, the carrier will launch new daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Hong Kong (HKG), building on the existing service from San Francisco. On the same day, United will also resume direct service between Los Angeles and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) with a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, complementing existing service to Tokyo-Haneda (HND).

United will also increase flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) with twice-daily year-round flights with a Boeing 777-200ER. The new and increased services to the Asia-Pacific region build on United’s previously announced South Pacific expansion, with 66 weekly flights from the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand. United will be the only carrier offering nonstop service between San Francisco and Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC), and will enhance their position as the largest U.S. airline to Auckland (AKL) with the addition of four weekly flights from LAX. Additionally, the carrier will be the largest airline between the U.S. and Brisbane (BNE) with a new route from Los Angeles. United will also offer daily flights between San Francisco and Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as double daily flights between San Francisco and Sydney (SYD).

At United Airlines, ‘Good Leads the Way.’ The airline operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. As measured by available seat miles (ASMs), United is now the world’s largest airline. Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’

Source: United Airlines/PRNewswire


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