United Airlines further expands its transpacific network for Fall 2023

A United Airlines Boeing 777 on the taxiway.
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United Airlines, already the largest U.S. carrier across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is gearing up for a further service expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

With a bold move to become the first U.S. airline to offer direct flights to Manila from the continental U.S., along with additional non-stop services to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Taipei, United is set to soar to new heights.

Excluding mainland China flying, United’s transpacific network will be 50% larger than all other U.S. airlines combined.

The new flights to the Asia-Pacific Region

Starting in October, United Airlines will commence its new long-haul flights to 15 different international destinations across the Pacific this winter.

This strategic expansion is expected to make United’s transpacific network an impressive 50% larger than all other U.S. airlines combined, excluding mainland China flying.


Direct flights to Manila

United’s latest milestone is offering non-stop transpacific flights between San Francisco and Manila. This development further cements the airline’s status as the only U.S. carrier serving Manila from Guam and Palau.

Travelers will soon enjoy the privilege of the only non-stop service to the Philippines from the continental U.S., providing greater convenience and accessibility.

Enhanced Connectivity to Hong Kong

As the only U.S. airline flying non-stop to Hong Kong, United is not resting on its laurels. Starting October 28, the carrier will introduce a new, direct daily flight from Los Angeles, utilizing the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

 Travelers can look forward to a total of three daily flights to Hong Kong from Los Angeles and San Francisco, opening up numerous options for seamless travel.

Reconnecting with Tokyo

United Airlines is committed to strengthening its presence in Tokyo, connecting Los Angeles to both of the city’s international airports. On October 28, the airline will resume daily, direct service between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Narita, leveraging the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.

This move complements the existing service between Los Angeles and Tokyo-Haneda, offering travelers greater flexibility in their travel plans.

Improved Connectivity to Taipei

Adding to its impressive list of achievements, United will increase its flying to Taipei, becoming the only U.S. airline with non-stop flights from the U.S. to Taipei.

The airline’s daily service from San Francisco will be complemented by a new flight, operating on a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. This move highlights United’s commitment to enhancing its connectivity in the region.

Expanding to Australia & New Zealand

Earlier this year, United Airlines announced its largest South Pacific network expansion in history, connecting the continental U.S. to Australia and New Zealand.

During the upcoming northern winter, United will operate an impressive 66 flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand every week, offering travelers unparalleled opportunities to explore this captivating region.


Highlights of the latest expansion include:

  • Becoming the only airline to offer non-stop service to Christchurch, New Zealand with new service from San Francisco.
  • Adding four weekly flights from Los Angeles to Auckland, further solidifying United’s position as the largest U.S. airline to the city.
  • Introducing a new route from Los Angeles to Brisbane, strengthening United’s role as the largest carrier between the U.S. and Brisbane.
  • Offering daily flights between San Francisco and Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as twice-daily flights between San Francisco and Sydney.

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