Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

United will soon offer nonstop service from Houston to Sydney

United will soon offer nonstop service from Houston to Sydney United will soon offer nonstop service from Houston to Sydney
Nellie Chapman | 10 September, 2017, 14:14

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

The route will be serviced by their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, and will commence on January 18, 2018.

Flights will be operated by United's B787-9 aircraft, configured with 48 fully-flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout, 63 seats in Economy Plus, and 141 in economy.

Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines said, "Our Houston hub is stronger than ever and it continues to be an absolutely vital part of our industry-leading network".

The title of the world's longest flight belongs to Qatar.

The flight to Houston from Sydney to Houston should take 15 hours and 45 minutes, and back to Sydney, 17 hours and 30 minutes, making it one of the longest flights in the world.

The new flight will be the only nonstop service to Australia from Houston and offers customers from Houston as well as from hundreds of cities across the US the opportunity to conveniently travel to Sydney.

The daily flight will be the only nonstop Australia service from Houston and will be United's third USA gateway to Sydney, joining Los Angeles and San Francisco.

"With Sydney Airport facilitating 58% of the passenger movements between the USA and Australia, we're delighted to welcome United Airlines' new service", Ms Mather said.

It will also go head-to-head against Qantas's Airbus A380 Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth flight. The launch seems to be in direct competition with Qantas, as they now have a monopoly on flights from Texas to Australia. Air New Zealand has operated nonstop service between IAH and Auckland with a Boeing 777-200 since December 2015.