Queensland and the United States are better connected, following the launch of United Airlines services from Brisbane to Los Angeles.

The new thrice weekly service on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners brings the total number of United Airlines flights between Brisbane and the United States to 10 each week, following last year’s successful debut of San Francisco services.

Inaugural flight UA283 touched down this morning (Dec 1) from Los Angeles, boosting capacity between Brisbane and the United States beyond pre-pandemic levels.

Last year United Airlines became the first American carrier to operate passenger services non-stop from the United States mainland to Queensland when it launched flights from its hub in San Francisco and those services are now daily.

In a milestone moment, today’s arrival saw two Dreamliners from United Airlines parked side by side at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal for the first time.

“We are excited to see the launch of this service in time for the start of the summer holidays,” said Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaff.

“We know a trip to LA and Disneyland has long been a bucket list item for many families. It is also great news for Queensland exporters. And importantly, it will boost the flow of American visitors to Queensland.

“We expect 1 million passengers will travel through the International Terminal these holidays, up 46% on last year, and the United Airlines services to Los Angeles and San Francisco will be an important part of that growth.

“To see two Dreamliners from United Airlines on our tarmac for the first time is a magic moment,” he said.

The new service builds on United Airlines commitment to Australia, according to United Airlines’ Regional Manager – Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, Tim Wallis.

“At United, we’re very proud to expand our services between Brisbane and the U.S. with our first non-stop service to LA,” he said.

“Australians are in the top five sources for international visitors to Los Angeles just as Americans are for Queensland, and we’re happy to offer travellers, and our trade partners, even more choice.

“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. 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.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management