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Published: 21/02/2014 - Filed under: News »

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United Airlines will fly a B787-9 Dreamliner non-stop between Los Angeles and Melbourne from October 26.

The US carrier will deploy the aircraft six times weekly between the two cities.

United is the North American launch customer for the B787-9 and the LAX to Melbourne route, which is subject to regulatory approval.

Air New Zealand will start flying the B787-9 from Auckland to Perth 11 days earlier on October 15 (see news, November 7).

The carrier is due to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 launch aircraft in early 2014, with its inaugural route scheduled to begin on October 15.

Outbound flight 98 will depart Los Angeles at 2230 daily, except for Tuesdays and Thursdays, and land in Melbourne at 0915 two days later. On Thursdays, it will leave LAX at 2130 and arrive in Melbourne at 0815 two days later. The service does not operate on Tuesdays.

Return service 99 will take-off from Melbourne at 1115 daily, except for Thursdays and Saturdays, and arrive at LAX at 0650 the same day. On Saturdays, it will leave Melbourne at 1515 and land in Los Angeles at 1050 the same days. The service does not operate on Thursdays.

Flying times will be approximately 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound.

Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue, said: "We are excited about using the newest version of the Dreamliner, the 787-9, to provide nonstop trans-Pacific service to Melbourne.

"Our customers on these new flights will enjoy a more convenient itinerary, as well as improved inflight comfort and amenities.

"At the same time, we will seek to make changes to our Sydney schedule which will enable faster connections via our San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs from points throughout the Americas."

Graham Smith


libertyscott - 21/02/2014 11:43

"!ill be the first international deployment for the aircraft type".

No it wont. United will be operating LAX-MEL by 787-9 from 26 Oct

but Air NZ will be operating AKL-PER by 787-9 from 15 Oct.

GrahamSmith - 21/02/2014 12:09

Thanks for your comment. Guess United don't consider that Auckland - Perth flight to be truly international.

I've amended the story to reflect this.

sparkyflyer - 21/02/2014 12:16

Flying this route in economy will be a 15 hour ordeal, with their horrendous 9 across seating in the 787. This aircraft was designed to offer an 8 across Y product. Better to fly this route on a Qantas A380, whether there is a change or not.

AMcWhirter - 21/02/2014 13:21

As sparkyflyer notes above, other than corporate travel policy or FFP membership, who would choose a B787 over an A380 on such a long flight ? The Qantas A380 has better passenger comfort in all classes.

pelorus - 01/03/2014 03:26

What a pity United abandoned its plans for a Houston-Auckland 787 service. We kiwis need some choice !


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