Speculation Continues About New Transpacific Route Launches

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A couple of weeks ago American Airlines announced a series of new transatlantic routes. They held off announcing their new transpacific routes. They weren’t ready to announce them they said. It seems American is waiting for final government approvals. 

But Oz Traveller speculated about the possibility of American Airlines launching flights from Dallas to Melbourne in 2020. It would slot in nicely with the Qantas Dallas-Sydney service. Qantas and American are both OneWorld members and codeshare on flights across the Pacific.

There’s some talk too that the seasonal Los Angeles-Auckland flight offered by American Airlines will go year round.

This week, United Airlines has got in on the act and is announcing a round of new route launches.

Oz Traveller focuses on Australasia and the possible new United route the pundits are speculating on is San Francisco to Brisbane.

Currently, no-one flies this route but Qantas has announced they would start doing so in early 2020.

Given the amount of traffic through Brisbane Airport, is it a viable route for two airlines?

Given United already flies into Sydney and Melbourne, breaking ground in Brisbane does make some sense. But would it make more sense for United to pioneer a new entry point into the United States using Brisbane as a jumping off point?

United has a hub in Denver. Brisbane-Denver would be a handy flight for all the snow bunnies heading to North American ski slopes.It’s also a handy transit port and significant corporate city in its own right.

We’ll wait to see what United does