In big news for North America-Australia travel, United Airlines has announced it will commence daily, non-stop flights from Sydney to Houston.
Launching on 18 January 2018, the United flight will be the only direct service between Australia’s largest city and the States’ fourth biggest metropolis.
Subject to government approval, the service will also be just the second non-stop operation from Australia to the US beyond the west coast, joining Qantas’ Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth service, and the first ever by an American carrier.
United will utilize its Boeing 787-9 on the route, which means the carrier will offer all Dreamliner services between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston and Australia.
UA 100 will depart Sydney at 11.50am and arrive in Houston at 10.35am on the same day. Return services will depart Houston at 8pm and touch down in Sydney at 6.30am (+2).
As well as opening up large parts of North America to Australians, thanks to Houston’s excellent connectivity, the new service should help boost tourism down under.
“This new route will serve more than 70 cities across North America making one-stop service to Sydney faster and more convenient than ever before,” United Airlines President Scott Kirby said.
Meanwhile, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said the city was “looking forward to visiting Sydney and welcoming our Australian visitors with open arms to Texas”.
Once services commence, United will operate the three longest flights by a US carrier, with UA’s Singapore-Los Angeles flights (commencing in October) the longest in its network.