It’s a true Yee-haw! moment with United Airlines (UAL) announcing that they will fly a daily, nonstop service between Sydney and their Houston hub.

The new flights, beginning on January 20, 2018 (northbound – subject to government approval), will offer travellers from Sydney easy access to Houston as well as many other cities across the U.S. and Latin America.

The direct route is designed to bring faster and more convenient access to the U.S. and beyond via the enhanced Houston hub with United offering an all Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service between Australia and three U.S. hubs.

The United Dreamliner 787

The United Dreamliner 787

The new flight marks United’s third direct route from Sydney to the U.S., with the other routes providing direct daily nonstop access to United’s West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

United’s flight between Sydney and Houston will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a total of 252 seats – 48 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class, 63 Economy Plus seats and 141 seats in United Economy.

Flying time will be approximately 15 hours and 45 minutes (northbound) and 17 hours and 30 minutes (southbound).

The flight will also be United’s second longest route operated at 13,834 kilometres, just behind Singapore to Los Angeles at 14,001 kilometres, which will launch this October and become the longest direct route to the U.S.

United Polaris Business Class on the Dreamliner 787

United Polaris Business Class on the Dreamliner 787

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“At United we are proud to offer our customers the world’s most comprehensive route network and this new flight helps to bolster that offering further,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s vice president of Atlantic and Pacific Sales. We are committed to the Australian market and this addition is proof of that. We look forward to offering travellers flying on this route, and all of our other direct routes from Australia, with a faster and more convenient travel experience.”

Alison Espley, managing director of Japan and Pacific Sales said;

“We are delighted to provide travellers from Sydney with unparalleled easy access to the U.S. and beyond through this new route launch. 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. We are proud of operating the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for this route, with its passenger-friendly features, we ensure our customers will have a smooth ride to their destination.”




United wifi and entertainment on the Dreamliner 787

Flight UA100 will depart Sydney Airport at 11:50am. daily, arriving at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:35 a.m. the same day.

The return flight, UA 101 will depart Houston at 8:00pm. daily, arriving in Sydney at 6:30am. two days later (all times local).

United has timed arrival to Houston to provide optimal connections to more than 70 cities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

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