United is tweaking a couple of its services to Auckland and Melbourne, changing aircraft type on the San Francisco-Auckland route and making adjustments to frequency on the Los Angeles-Melbourne route.
Auckland Gets The 787-10 Dreamliner
United is swapping out its 777-300ER aircraft for a 787-10 on UA917/916, its San Francisco-Auckland-San Francisco route from December 3, 2019. The older 777-300ER seated 350 passengers, including 60 in the large Polaris business class cabin. The smaller 787-10 seats 318 passengers. The winners will be the premium passengers in the smaller 44 seat Polaris business cabin. The losers will be the economy passengers who’ll have to suffer the squeezy economy 3-3-3 configuration that has come to characterise the 787 Dreamliners.
Melbourne Frequency Adjustments
United’s daily UA98/99 service, its Los Angeles-Melbourne-Los Angeles Boeing 787-9 service is being trimmed back to four days a week between October 26, 2019, and December 6, 2019. UA98 to Melbourne will not depart LAX on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. UA99 will not depart Melbourne on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Between Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Tuesday, January 31, 2020 inclusive, UA98/99 will operate on a daily basis.
From February 1, 2020 until March 27, 2020, UA98/99 will drop back to four days a week, not operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
From Saturday, March 28, 2020, UA98/99 is scheduled to revert back to a daily service.