Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said the new service provided an important connection with the largest city in the southern United States and a significant business hub in its own right.
When the Houston-Sydney services launches on January 18, that passenger would have a one-stop itinerary, transiting over Houston en route to Sydney.
“This new service increases the choice available to more than 2.4 million passengers travelling between our countries each year”.
Flight UA101 will depart Houston at 2000, landing into Sydney at 0630 (two days later), with the return leg UA100 leaving the Australian city at 1150 and landing back into Houston at 1035 (the same day).
Following the launch of United’s two new routes, it will offer three of the world’s six longest flights and more “ultra-long haul” flights than any other U.S. carrier – the first of which began a year ago between San Francisco and Singapore.
The title of the world’s longest flight belongs to Qatar.
“We look forward to offering travellers flying on this route a faster and more convenient travel experience”.
It carries 252 passengers: 48 in business, 63 in economy plus and 141 in coach. It is the sixth USA city destination served by Sydney Airport, according to Sydney Airport. Together with its service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore, United will fly the three longest flights by a US carrier, making United the leader in ultra-long haul flights. This 8,578 mile flight is operated by one of the airline’s Airbus A380 aircraft. Air New Zealand has operated nonstop service between IAH and Auckland with a Boeing 777-200 since December 2015.
United originally had plans to fly between Houston and New Zealand a few years ago, but that was cancelled after Houston Hobby (HOU) won the rights to begin worldwide service.