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UA Int'l SFO Route Expansion: SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ, ICN dbl daily, AMS/PPT/AKL Year Round

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United Airlines Announces Largest International Route Expansion in San Francisco

Announces new nonstop service to New Delhi, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia
Adds second daily flight to Seoul, South Korea, increasing to 11 flights weekly
Begins year-round nonstop service to Amsterdam, Auckland and Tahiti in 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today 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 also announced it 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 U.S. 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 recently announced it will offer nonstop daily year-round service between San Francisco and Amsterdam. With this new flight, United will be the first U.S. carrier to fly between California and Amsterdam. United currently serves Amsterdam nonstop from its hubs in Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C. The new San Francisco service begins on March 30, 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

San Francisco to Melbourne, Australia
Offering the most service between the U.S. West Coast and Australia by any U.S. carrier, United is adding new nonstop year-round service between San Francisco and Melbourne three times per week, beginning October 29, 2019. For more than 35 years, United has offered nonstop service to Australia. Today, United offers nonstop service to Sydney from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and provides nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne. United operates all flights between the U.S. and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

San Francisco to New Delhi, India
United's new seasonal service between San Francisco and New Delhi enables business and leisure travelers nonstop access from the U.S. West Coast. The new flight will connect customers from more than 80 cities to India with just one stop in San Francisco. United currently offers nonstop service to Mumbai and New Delhi from New York/Newark. 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 airline has served Seoul for more than 30 years from San Francisco. The second flight will provide customers with new time and itinerary options, while providing convenient connections to more than 80 destinations. The additional flights begin on April 1, 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

San Francisco to Toronto, Canada
United's new twice-daily nonstop year-round service between San Francisco and Toronto begins March 31, 2019, offering convenient connections for business and leisure travelers from throughout the western United States, Asia and the South Pacific. United currently offers more than 20 daily flights between Toronto and its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington Dulles. In addition to Toronto, United operates daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Calgary and Vancouver. United will operate service with Boeing 737-800.

San Francisco to Pape'ete, Tahiti, extended to year-round
This fall, United began the only nonstop service offered by a U.S. carrier between the mainland U.S. and Tahiti with its San Francisco – Pape'ete flight. The airline recently announced it is extending its Tahiti schedule to year-round service from San Francisco. Year-round service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays begins March 30, 2019. United operates Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft between San Francisco and Pape'ete.

San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, extended to year-round
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. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United's flight arriving in Auckland offers passengers more than 20 connections across the region and the return trip utilizes United's extensive route network in San Francisco, which provides connections to the United States, Canada, and Latin America. United's extended service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.


Pre-announcement speculation thread
United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12 Dec 2018)
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Old Dec 12, 18, 10:06 am
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UA Int'l SFO Route Expansion: SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ, ICN dbl daily, AMS/PPT/AKL Year Round

"We're announcing the largest international expansion we've ever done in San Francisco," says United CEO Oscar Munoz on route announcement today. #SFO

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Why is it a smoking gun? And what has Josh Earnest got to do with it? Wasn't he Obama's press guy?
UA retweeted it. Obvious this is legit now. The news can’t possibly live up to the hype though....can it?
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"We're announcing the largest international expansion we've ever done in San Francisco," says United CEO Oscar Munoz on route announcement today. #SFO

Tweet from Edward Russell
Well that's a good start...
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Originally Posted by riphamilton View Post
"We're announcing the largest international expansion we've ever done in San Francisco," says United CEO Oscar Munoz on route announcement today. #SFO

Tweet from Edward Russell
My INTL home base baby. Please don’t just be LatAm though. Daddy wants more transpacs
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UA Largest International SFO Route Expansion: SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ

MEL from LAX and SFO announced.

DEL (keeping EWR)

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AMS as well

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DEL is very cool, so theoretically UA may have a RTW flight again (depending on winds).
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Old Dec 12, 18, 10:19 am
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In sum:

New routes from SFO: MEL (3x weekly), DEL (daily), YYZ (2x daily)

2nd frequency on SFO-ICN (4x weekly)

SFO-PPT/AKL going year-round (3x weekly each during off-season)

Not counting AMS as that was announced earlier this year

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Old Dec 12, 18, 10:20 am
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So:
SFO-DEL
SFO-MEL
SFO-AKL (year round)
SFO-AMS (year round)
SFO-PPT (year round)
And then increased frequencies to ICN and YYZ

Am I missing something?
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Lol so basically very little "new" since many of these were operational in the early 2000s or are seasonal today. "Historic" bwahahaha
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Old Dec 12, 18, 10:21 am
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Being SFO based, happy to see these additions, but I am not seeing how they are considered "historic".
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Two big new routes (SFO-MEL/DEL) and 2nd ICN is good.

The "historic" element seems to be the magnitude. Huge ASM increase with the longhaul flying.
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Originally Posted by UAL250 View Post
So:
SFO-DEL
SFO-MEL
SFO-AKL (year round)
SFO-AMS (year round)
SFO-PPT (year round)
And then increased frequencies to ICN and YYZ

Am I missing something?
At the moment YYZ is only served by AC, so SFO-YYZ on UA metal is technically new.

That said, while SFO-MEL and SFO-DEL are cool, the rest are just tweaks...
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Not sure I'd call these 'historic'. Surely, some great routes, especially for those from the Bay Area with a lot of connections avoided. But not even a new destination--all already served by other US cities. Yawn.
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