United Airlines has announced plans for a major network in Asia this autumn. Starting in October, the largest US carrier across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans will add two new routes, reinstate one and increase the frequency of another.
1. New routes
Starting October 29, United will be the only US airline with non-stop transpacific flights to the Philippines, with the launch of its service between San Francisco and Manila. Adding to the carrier’s existing service to Manila from Guam and Palau, the new flight will operate daily on a Boeing 777-300ER, the airline’s largest airplane.
United is the flag carrier of the US and we are excited to bring this new service to Manila while expanding access to Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo.Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances
United is also the only US airline to fly non-stop to Hong Kong and, starting October 28, the carrier will increase its service with a new, direct daily flight from Los Angeles, operated on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. In total this winter, United will have three daily flights to Hong Kong from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
2. Returning route
On October 28, United will resume daily, direct service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. With its existing service between Los Angeles and Haneda Airport, the airline will now connect Los Angeles to both of Tokyo’s international airports.
3. Increased frequency
In addition to adding new routes to its schedule, United will also increase its flying frequency to Taipei, beginning October 29. United is already the only US airline to fly non-stop from the US to Taipei with its daily service from San Francisco and will now serve the destination twice daily, the new flight being operate on a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
4. Presence across the Pacific
This latest expansion builds on the continued growth of United’s international network. In April 2023, the airline announced the largest South Pacific network expansion in aviation history, adding 40% more flights, bringing the total to 66, between the US and Australia and New Zealand for this winter, becoming the only airline to offer non-stop service to Christchurch, New Zealand.
In total, the airline will fly long-haul flights to 15 different international destinations across the Pacific this winter, making United’s transpacific network 50% larger than all other US airlines combined, excluding flying to mainland China.