United Airlines Announces HUGE Expansion Out Of San Francisco


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United Airlines has just announced that it plans to grow its services out of San Francisco quite dramatically in 2019. The airline is calling this move its “largest ever international network expansion” and when you see the routes being added you’ll see why.

United’s News Routes From San Francisco

San Francisco – Melbourne

Image courtesy of Emirates

United has said that it will add a new, 3x/week, nonstop, year-round service between San Francisco and Melbourne from 29 October 2019.

The new service will be operated by United’s 787-9 Dreamliners on the following schedule:

UA60 SFO 22:50 – 09:40+2 days MEL (Tue, Thu & Sat)
UA61 MEL 11:40 – 06:50 SFO (Mon, Thu & Sat)

San Francisco – New Delhi 

United Airlines will operate a seasonal service between San Francisco and New Delhi starting on 5 December 2019. The currently published schedule looks like this:

UA104 SFO 19:15 – 00:45+2 days DEL
UA105 DEL 0:400 – 06:10 SFO

The route is set to be operated by United’s 787-9 Dreamliners

San Francisco – Toronto 

United will offer a new double-daily service between San Francisco and Toronto from 31 March 2019.

UA608 SFO 10:25 – 18:30 YYZ (Daily)
UA1164 SFO 23:00 – 07:00+1 day YYZ (Daily)

UA565 YYZ 07:15 – 09:54 SFO (Daily)
UA459 YYZ 19:21 – 21:55 SFO (Daily)

United will employ its 737-800 aircraft on this route.

San Francisco – Amsterdam

This is a route that United has announced before so it’s not strictly speaking “new” news but it is a “new” route.

The daily San Francisco – Amsterdam service will commence on 30 March 2019 on the following schedule:

UA968 SFO 14:55 – 10:20+1 day AMS (Daily)
UA969 AMS 14:50 – 16:50 SFO (Daily)

The new Amsterdam route is set to be operated by United’s 787-9 Dreamliners

San Francisco – Seoul

United already offers a service between San Francisco and Seoul but now the airline has announced that it will add a further 4 weekly flights to this route. The extra flights will commence on 1 April 2019 and will be operated by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

The schedule for the extra flights is set to be as follows:

UA805 SFO 16:55 – 21:35+1 day ICN (Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat)
UA806 ICN 11:25 – 06:10 SFO (Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat)

The great news here is that the seat maps currently published for this route show the aircraft offering true Polaris Business Class

Polaris Business Class – Image United Airlines

San Francisco – Pape’ete (Tahiti)

This is good news for travelers looking to head to the South Pacific (but it’s also news we already knew) – United will now operate the route year-round on the following schedule from 30 March 2019:

UA115 SFO 13:15 – 18:55 PPT (Tue, Thu & Sat)
UA114 PPT 21:15 – 08:25+1 day SFO (Tue, Thu & Sat)

As before, this route will continue to be operated by United’s 787-8 Dreamliners.

San Francisco – Auckland

Just as with the route to Tahiti, United has confirmed that it will offer a year-round service between San Francisco and Auckland.

From 30 March 2019 the schedule looks like this:

UA917 SFO 23:10 – 07:20+2 days AKL (Tue, Thu & Sat)
UA916 AKL 14:30 – 06:40 SFO (Mon, Thu & Sat)

These flights will be operated by United’s 777-200ER aircraft which, based on the seat map currently published, will offer true Polaris Business Class.

Bottom Line

There’s a lot of news take in here and it’s all good if you’re a United flyer – more routes across the Pacific and Atlantic, another route to Australia, Polaris Business Class to Seoul and Auckland and it’s now easier to get to the South Pacific year-round. What’s not to like? 🙂

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