United Airlines has begun services from Brisbane to Los Angeles, complementing its existing Brisbane-San Francisco route.
The first flight, UA283 from LAX, touched down in Brisbane shortly after 5am on Friday on board the 787-9 Dreamliner N25982. The service will operate three times per week, bringing Brisbane’s capacity with the USA back above pre-pandemic levels.
Brisbane now sees 10 United Airlines flights to the US per week, when combined with the daily San Francisco route launched last year.
Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff applauded the milestone, which saw two United Dreamliners parked next to each other at the international terminal for the first time.
“We expect 1 million passengers will travel through the International Terminal these holidays, up 46 per cent on last year, and the United Airlines services to Los Angeles and San Francisco will be an important part of that growth,” he said.
“To see two Dreamliners from United Airlines on our tarmac for the first time is a magic moment.”
Tim Wallis, United’s regional manager for Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, said Australians are in the top five sources for international travellers to LA, and vice-versa for Americans visiting Queensland.
“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,” he said.
“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.”