United Airlines Makes Further Cuts To Melbourne Services

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how United Airlines was reducing its daily Los Angeles – Melbourne service to four days a week over the Australian 2019 spring before ramping up to daily services again over the 2019/20 Australian summer.

United Airlines was set to again temporarily reduce its Los Angeles – Melbourne flights to four times a week from 1 February 2020 until the end of March 2020.

Well, United is now extending that four times a week service well into 2020 and throughout the northern 2020 summer season.

It means United Airlines’ regular Melbourne bound flights will not depart Los Angeles on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Likewise, Los Angeles bound flights will not depart Melbourne on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

United’s Los Angeles – Melbourne flights are operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

There is a lot of competition and a lot of capacity between Australia and the U.S.A. right now. While passenger loads are high, I suspect some very good fares are driving a lot of passenger demand. The airlines competing on the transpacific routes are showing no signs of pulling back but how long this is sustainable is an open question.

It’s not all bad news for United’s Melbourne customers. The airline just began a thrice-weekly nonstop service between San Francisco and Melbourne, giving Qantas some competition on the route.

Additionally, United Airlines has nonstop services out of Sydney to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.

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