The inaugural flight, UA283, successfully landed on December 1, 2023, from Los Angeles, significantly increasing the capacity between Brisbane and the United States, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
United Airlines Los Angeles to Brisbane Flight
In the previous year, United Airlines became the first American carrier to operate non-stop passenger services from the US mainland to Queensland by initiating flights from its hub in San Francisco. These services, which commenced last year, are now available daily.
In a noteworthy milestone, this arrival marked the first instance of two Dreamliners from United Airlines being parked side by side at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal.
In addition to benefiting travelers, these flights contribute to the capacity of Queensland exporters. The inaugural United Airlines flight to San Francisco transported 15 tonnes of high-quality chilled Queensland beef destined for U.S. dining tables.
The San Francisco service continues to carry full loads of exports, including beef, lamb, and seafood, generating millions of dollars in revenue for Queensland businesses and supporting local employment.
The flight schedule includes departures from Los Angeles on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 9 pm, arriving in Brisbane at 5:15 am. Departures from Brisbane are scheduled for 12:45 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
“We are thrilled to witness the introduction of this service just in time for the commencement of the summer holidays. Recognizing that a journey to LA and Disneyland has long been a coveted experience for many families, this announcement is particularly exciting. It also brings positive implications for Queensland exporters. Furthermore, it is anticipated to enhance the influx of American visitors to Queensland,” stated Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport.
“We project that 1 million passengers will pass through the International Terminal during this holiday season, reflecting a 46% increase from last year. The United Airlines services to Los Angeles and San Francisco will be crucial in driving this growth. Witnessing two Dreamliners from United Airlines on our tarmac for the first time is truly a magical moment.”
Tim Wallis, Regional Manager – Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, emphasized that the new service aligns with United Airlines’ ongoing commitment to Australia.
“At United, we take great pride in expanding our services between Brisbane and the U.S. by introducing our inaugural non-stop flight to LA. Australians consistently rank among the top five sources of international visitors to Los Angeles, just as Americans do for Queensland. We are delighted to offer travelers and our trade partners increased options.”
“Our robust partnership with Virgin Australia ensures excellent connectivity in this region, making United the preferred choice for travelers between our two regions. Notably, LAX Airport has undergone significant infrastructure enhancements, significantly improving the transit experience for travelers with U.S. or Latin American connections.”
“We have had an exceptional collaboration with Brisbane Airport Corporation, and our relationship is characterized by collaboration and engagement. We anticipate the ongoing growth of this partnership, ensuring the success of these UA services and potentially paving the way for future expansion.”
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