2023 promises to be quite a busy year, even by pre pandemic standards. All indicators let us believe that airlines will have a lot of work in the coming months. Apparently United Airlines feels similarly as they have announced plans to roll out the biggest network expansion in the south pacific of their history. Let’s take a closer look at what United has planned for Australia and New Zealand in Summer 2023.
How Will United Airlines Flights Increase to New Zealand?
United Airlines operations expansion will impact both the north and south island of New Zealand. United will be increasing capacity and frequency to both of the country’s main airports: Auckland and Christchurch.
Looking at the northern island, Auckland (AKL) will have its very own year round United Airlines service with 4 weekly flights to Los Angeles (LAX). This new flight will be launched to strengthen the airline’s position in Auckland. United in fact already operates an all year round service to San Francisco (SFO). United will be flying the new Los Angeles Auckland flight using its Boeing 787-9 fleet with the first flight taking off on October 28th.
Shifting our attention south to Christchurch, United will launch its new San Francisco (SFO) Christchurch (CHC) direct flight, making it the sole US operator on the sector. The flight will be available 3 time per week, starting December 1st, on one of United’s Boeing 787-8 planes.
More Flights and Capacity to Australia
Australia will also get a significant boost in United Airlines operation in the coming months. United will increase frequency and capacity to the 3 busiest airports in the country: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Focusing on Brisbane, from November 29th 2023 onwards United will be commencing operations between BNE airport and Los Angeles (LAX) with 3 weekly flights. This flight too will see the 787-9 on it. Along with this new LAX service United Airlines will be also upping its frequency on its Brisbane San Francisco flights, bringing making it a daily service on a Boeing 787-9.
Likewise Sydney will also get its power United Airlines flights increased. Just as for Brisbane, starting October 28th, daily flights will become 2, However on this busy route United will deploy its largest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER.
Finally let’s wrap things up with Melbourne. On flights between the state capital of Victoria and San Francisco & Los Angeles the US carrier will do an equipment switch. These flights will be operated using the Boeing 777-300ER which will offer a significantly larger number of seats per week.