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Hi everyone,

Today we are announcing two additional routes out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO), in addition to our previously announced Xi’an, China service. Pending government approval, we plan to operate service between San Francisco-Tel Aviv (TLV) and San Francisco-Auckland (AKL) on our Dreamliner aircraft beginning in 2016.

Check out additional details, including launch dates, in our press release.

-UA Insider

http://newsroom.united.com/2015-10-0...Make-it-Better
United Airlines Made SFO the Best Pacific Hub. And Then Found 3 Ways to Make it Better.

Airline to launch one new Atlantic and two new Pacific services

October 08, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines, the U.S. airline with the most comprehensive route network and the most trans-Pacific service, will further expand its global reach with new nonstop service from San Francisco to:

Tel Aviv, Israel, with service three times each week beginning March 30, 2016;
Auckland, New Zealand, with service three times each week beginning July 1, 2016, expanding to daily service in October; and
Xi'an, China, previously announced, three-times-weekly service beginning May 8, 2016, for the summer season.

Each new service is subject to government approval.

The airline intends to operate the new flights with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world's most advanced passenger airplane.

The Tel Aviv and Xi'an flights will be available for booking on united.com on October 10, 2015, with the Auckland flights available for booking on October 17, 2015.

San Francisco-Tel Aviv: Linking High-Tech Markets

As part of United's evaluation for serving San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) nonstop, the airline considered the opinions of thousands of customers who petitioned for the service through the SFOTLV.ORG petition effort.

"Providing corporate customers from throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley nonstop service to the high-tech market in Israel has been high on our priority list at United," said Dave Hilfman, United's senior vice president of worldwide sales. "Now with the 787-9 Dreamliner, we're delighted to make it a reality."

Flight | From To | Departure | Arrival

UA954 | SFO TLV | 8 p.m. We/Fr/Su | 8:10 p.m. the next day

UA955 | TLV SFO | 12:55 a.m. Tu/Fr/Su | 6 a.m. the same day

Flight times will be 14 hours, 10 minutes eastbound and 15 hours, 5 minutes westbound.

United has served Israel since 1999. The airline currently offers twice-daily Boeing 777 nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and New York/Newark.

San Francisco-Auckland

United's three-times weekly service to Auckland (AKL), New Zealand's largest city and main transportation hub to other points throughout the country, will launch July 1, 2016, with 787-8 aircraft. The schedule will expand to daily flights operating with 787-9 aircraft on Oct. 28, 2016, in time for the peak-winter travel season.

The Auckland flights will operate in partnership with United's Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand.

Flight | From To | Departure | Arrival

UA917 | SFO AKL | 10:45 p.m. | 6:55 a.m. two days later

UA916 | AKL SFO | 1:20 p.m. | 6:40 a.m. the same day

Flight times will be 13 hours, 10 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 20 minutes eastbound.

United in San Francisco

From its San Francisco hub, United operates nearly 280 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.
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Old Oct 8, 15, 6:02 am
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Exclamation UA Announces new Auckland and Tel Aviv service from San Francisco

According to Israeli media UA will launch a SFO-TLV service three days a week on the 789 starting April 1, 2016. Both the Israeli manager of UA and the american ambassador are quoted so it seems to be true. Hebrew link here.
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Old Oct 8, 15, 6:07 am
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Good route for the 789 metal.


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I grew up in NYC and now live in the bay area, and don't really see this flight working out based on the demographics. But, hey, you never know.
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I wonder if AA's pullout helped the business case here.
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We will have to wait and see the pricing but I believe it can be a very attractive route for both business and leisure PAX.
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Originally Posted by JHake10 View Post
I grew up in NYC and now live in the bay area, and don't really see this flight working out based on the demographics. But, hey, you never know.
Not sure which demographic you are thinking of, but the business case here is based on the level of trade and interaction between the tech industry in and around San Francisco / Silicon Valley and Israel. That has nothing to do with leisure tours and the like which will go for lower prices over non-stop. No different than going the other way to tech centers in India and skipping traditional destinations.
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Supposed to go to Pride next year in Tel Aviv so this will be the no brainier.
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
Not sure which demographic you are thinking of, but the business case here is based on the level of trade and interaction between the tech industry in and around San Francisco / Silicon Valley and Israel. That has nothing to do with leisure tours and the like which will go for lower prices over non-stop. No different than going the other way to tech centers in India and skipping traditional destinations.
I know there a few startups such as Waze which is based in Israel. I guess I didn't think that market was that large outside a handful of companies.
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This one of the sweet spots for UA, since EY, EK and QR collectively do not fly to TLV. If they did, it would be different landscape.

TLV is cash cow for UA.

Not surprised.
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Yeah this would be 100% tech. The Israeli tech boom is considerable, particularly considering the size of the country. I would assume bureaucrats and customers, from Apple to individuals, have been lobbying for this. See WSJ Jan 2014 "It’s a Grueling Journey From Tel Aviv to SFO":

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/...ct-sfo-flight/
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Wait I thought it was supposed to be CLETLV???

For years we heard how there was a huge market from CLE so naturally it should have gone to CLE instead of SFO......Ok seriously though of all potential market this really surprises me. The catchment area of SFO is somewhat smaller than say ORD for example...with SFO, not taking into account the local component, your relying pretty much on north/south traffic flow just because of geographical location. I'm not saying this route doesn't make sense, its just that of all hubs SFO didn't even cross my mind. Clearly someone has been paying attention though. Found these while trying to find a PDEW:

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/...ct-sfo-flight/

http://sfotlv.org/
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Old Oct 8, 15, 7:35 am
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Excellent!

I expect that I class seats will be pretty tough to come by on this one.
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Just wondering if the SFO-TLV launch could act as springboard for other UA flights to Europe out of SFO, at least on a seasonal basis.
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I can't find anything about this outside of Israel media.
Anyone?
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Old Oct 8, 15, 8:13 am
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Just wondering if the SFO-TLV launch could act as springboard for other UA flights to Europe out of SFO, at least on a seasonal basis.
Routes like what? They've got FRA/CDG/LHR; TLV is a bit of a special case with the high-tech hubs at both ends.
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