In a hyped announcement, United announced one of its largest expansion from its hub in San Francisco.
To make its San Francisco have access to more non-stop international routes, United will open new routes from San Francisco to Melbourne, New Delhi, and open a second daily service to Seoul. As part of the San Francisco expansion, United will upgrade seasonal routes to Auckland, Tahiti, and Amsterdam. All the announced services will begin during 2019.
Currently served four times a week, the second daily service from San Francisco to Seoul, South Korea will begin on April 1, 2019 using Boeing 777 aircraft. The flights to Melbourne will operate year-round starting October 29, 2019, using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to compete with Qantas’ service on the route.
While it already operates flights to Mumbai and New Delhi, India from New York/Newark, the new seasonal service from San Francisco will begin on December 5, 2019 using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets.
“This route expansion solidifies United’s position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond,” United CEO Oscar Munoz said.