Friday, 8 September 2017

Houston to Sydney new service from United

United Airlines announced on Thursday that it will introduce a new non-stop flight between its Houston main hub to the New South Wales Australian city of Sydney.

The new flight will be the only nonstop service to Australia from Houston and offers customers from Houston as well as from hundreds of cities across the U.S. the opportunity to conveniently travel to Sydney. The service is due to start on 18th January next year and will be a daily operation. The flight is scheduled to depart Houston at 8pm and arrive in Sydney the following morning at 6.30am. On the return, the flight departs 11.50am and gets into Houston around 10.35am the same day.

 Read more about the second longest flight on United's schedule.

The distance is just over 8,595 miles, which makes it the second longest of all United's flights. Indeed United will actually fly the three longest flights by any US carrier. Currently, they operate services from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore the longest routes.

"For nearly 50 years, the City of Houston and United Airlines have built a wonderful relationship and we are thrilled that United continues investing in its operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and throughout our community," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. "This new route is just one of the ways United is demonstrating its commitment to its customers and employees in Houston. We are looking forward to visiting Sydney and welcoming our Australian visitors with open arms to Texas."

Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines said, "Our Houston hub is stronger than ever and it continues to be an absolutely vital part of our industry-leading network. We are honored to have served this vibrant city for nearly half a century, and this exciting intercontinental flight is one more way we are demonstrating United's commitment to our customers who call Houston home as well as the millions of customers who connect through Houston each year. This new route will serve more than 70 cities across North America making one-stop service to Sydney faster and more convenient than ever before."

The new operation between Houston and Sydney will be flown by one of the airlines new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which carries 252 passengers, split between 48 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class, 63 Economy Plus seats and 141 seats standard economy.

United Polaris business class features flat beds with bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, superior in-flight food and beverages, even pajamas and exclusive amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa.

United offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, beer and wine, tea, coffee and in-flight entertainment in their economy cabins and a personal on-demand entertainment system.  

The Boeing Dreamliner is proving very popular with the travelling public, delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Passengers enjoy greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. 

United already fly down under with flights from West Coast hubs to Sydney and Melbourne. United offers daily nonstop service to Sydney from its hub at San Francisco International Airport and daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Sydney and Melbourne. United operates all flights between the U.S. and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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