United Airlines launches nonstop service between Houston and Sydney

Thursday, United Airlines announced plans for Houston-Sydney service, a 8,596-mile flight.

Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines said, "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".

Currently, United flies from Sydney to Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as from Melbourne to Los Angeles, with Boeing 787 equipment. This flight is subject to government approval.

The daily nonstop flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 8 pm and lands in Sydney at 6:30 am, two days later.

At a distance of 8596 miles (13,834km), it will be the airline's second longest flight after the Los Angeles to Singapore route launched in 2017, a route set to be the world's longest, at 17 hours, 55 minutes over 14,000km. "United carefully planned this route with the convenience and comfort of our customers in mind so that we may provide them with a premier inflight service". A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will fly the Houston-Sydney route.

The flights have been scheduled as a lunchtime departure from Sydney and an overnight service from Houston.

The flight will operate on the next generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with 252 seats, adding 184,000 seats per annum.

Further, United may also take away from passengers from Australia who are travelling to the United States via Air New Zealand's Auckland hub.

United originally had plans to fly between Houston and New Zealand a few years ago, but that was cancelled after Houston Hobby (HOU) won the rights to begin worldwide service.



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