United Airlines announced its largest ever international network expansion from its hub at San Francisco International Airport. The airline will offer Bay Area customers nonstop year-round service to Toronto and Melbourne, Australia and seasonal service to New Delhi.
United will begin a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea. All routes subject to government approvals.
In addition to the new routes, in 2019, United will begin new year-round nonstop service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand, Tahiti, French Polynesia and Amsterdam.
“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,” said Oscar Munoz, United’s CEO. “It serves as a fitting capstone to all our efforts that made 2018 a breakthrough year for United, from delivering strong financial performance to currently leading in on-time departures for the second year in a row.”
“San Francisco continues to be a cultural and economic hub for the world,” said US Senator Dianne Feinstein. “These new routes will expand international travel to and from San Francisco International Airport, helping us forge stronger connections between our city and other major destinations around the globe.”
Since 2013, United Airlines has added 12 new international destinations from San Francisco. With these new flights, United will serve 29 international destinations from San Francisco, including eight cities in Europe, India, and the Middle East, seven in North America, and 14 in Asia and Oceania. United, the largest airline at San Francisco International Airport, operates more than 300 daily flights.
“This is great news for all of our customers and employees in the Bay Area, and a sign that United is deeply committed to growing San Francisco and adding unique and exciting destinations across the globe,” said Janet Lamkin, United’s President of California.
United has been a Bay Area company for 90 years and employs 14,000 people in the region, including 2,500 industrial jobs at its maintenance base, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary of operation. United continues to invest in the airport, this year opening the 28,000-square foot Polaris lounge near Gate G92 in International Terminal G.
|San Francisco to Amsterdam
United will be the first US carrier to fly between California and Amsterdam.
|San Francisco to Melbourne
United is adding new nonstop year-round service between San Francisco and Melbourne three times per week, beginning October 29, 2019.
|San Francisco to New Delhi
United’s new seasonal service between San Francisco and New Delhi enables business and leisure travelers’ nonstop access from the US West Coast. Seasonal service begins on December 5, 2019, with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
| San Francisco to Seoul, South Korea
United is adding a second flight – flown four times per week – between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea. The flight will provide customers with new time and itinerary options. The additional flights begin on April 1, 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
|San Francisco to Toronto
United’s new twice-daily nonstop year-round service between San Francisco and Toronto begins March 31, 2019. United will operate service with Boeing 737-800.
| San Francisco to Pape’ete, Tahiti
This fall, United began the only nonstop service offered by a US carrier between the mainland US and Tahiti with its San Francisco – Pape’ete flight. Year-round service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays begins March 30, 2019.
|San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand
Beginning March 30, 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with three-times-weekly service. This extended service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.