From 31 March until 26 October 2019, frequency on United’s Sydney-Los Angeles route will be reduced to 3x weekly. Meanwhile, service on the Sydney-Houston route will drop to 4x weekly. Both flights currently operate daily using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
From April until October, United’s Sydney-Los Angeles service will depart Sydney only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights from Sydney to Houston will depart on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Passengers on cancelled flights should contact their travel agent or the airline with which the ticket was booked. Affected passengers may be offered alternative routings on other United flights or a change of dates.
On the Sydney-Los Angeles route, United competes with daily services from Qantas, Virgin Australia, Delta and American Airlines. With now just 3 flights per week, this could make United a less attractive option for business travellers given there are so many daily flight options on other airlines.
It seems that United Airlines has been struggling to fill its planes between the United States and Australia lately. This is evidenced by the surprisingly good award availability we’ve seen lately on several United trans-Pacific routes.
There are no changes to the Star Alliance member’s Sydney-San Francisco, Melbourne-Los Angeles or soon-to-be-launched Melbourne-San Francisco flights.
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