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United Airlines to Increase Melbourne-Los Angeles Non-Stop Flights to Daily from March 2015

May 16, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

United Airlines today announced that it will increase the frequency of its upcoming Melbourne-Los Angeles non-stop service from six-times-weekly to daily, effective Mar. 12, 2015 (eastbound). 

As previously announced, the new service – to be operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner — will begin on Oct. 28, 2014 (eastbound), subject to government approval.

“We’re delighted about increasing the frequency on Melbourne-Los Angeles to daily from March next year,” said Matt Miller, United’s managing director, Japan and Pacific, Sales.  “This announcement further demonstrates United’s strong commitment to the Australian market. We’re proud to offer our customers a competitive product, enhance their flying experience through improved inflight comfort and provide them with even greater connectivity to the U.S.”

Convenient Connecting Flights

United has timed the new flights to connect conveniently at Los Angeles with an extensive network of service throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Latin America.  United and United Express jointly operate nearly 200 flights daily from Los Angeles to more than 65 destinations.  With the new flights, United will provide a convenient one-stop service between Melbourne and more than 37 U.S. cities.

Onboard Products and Services

The Boeing 787-9 aircraft operating the new Melbourne-Los Angeles service will feature a total of 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 63 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service.  The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 1.98-m lie-flat bed and features an Audio/Video on Demand entertainment system with a 39-cm touch-screen monitor.  BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.

United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, and coffee and inflight entertainment.  Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a 22.8-cm personal seat-back monitor delivering a multi-channel Audio/Video on Demand inflight entertainment system.

United Economy Plus offers up to 12.7cm of extra legroom. Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival.

Power outlets are available throughout the aircraft.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

          The 787 Dreamliner is revolutionising the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. The aircraft’s use of lightweight composites, together with its modern engines and improved aerodynamic design, allow it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.

United is the 787 North American launch customer, and now has ten Dreamliners in its fleet. The airline has a further 55 Dreamliners on order and expects to take delivery of four more from Boeing, including its first two 787-9s, by the end of 2014.

United in Australia

United started service to Australia in 1979 and today operates daily Boeing 777-200 flights from Sydney and Melbourne to its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs.  United also operates a twice-weekly service from Cairns to Guam.

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