United will ramp up service to Australia and New Zealand

United Airlines will launch three routes between California and Australia and New Zealand next winter as the carrier expands its flights to those two Southern Hemisphere destinations by 40%. 

United will begin flying four times per week between Los Angeles and Auckland on Oct. 28. Thrice-weekly Los Angeles-Brisbane service will launch on Nov. 29. Then, United will become the only airline to offer nonstop flights between the U.S. and New Zealand’s South Island on Dec. 1 when it begins thrice-weekly San Francisco-Christchurch service. 

The carrier will operate the San Francisco-Christchurch route with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. United will use the larger 787-9 Dreamliner variant for Los Angeles-Auckland and Los Angeles-Brisbane. 

United will compete against Qantas on Los Angeles-Brisbane and against Air New Zealand on Los Angeles-Auckland. 

In total, United plans to operate 66 weekly flights next winter to Australia and New Zealand.

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