United Announces 7 New Long Haul Routes From San Francisco – Including Melbourne and New Delhi

Just yesterday we heard a rumor that United had something big under wraps

But now they have revealed seven new long-haul routes out of their hub of San Francisco!

What are the new routes?

United has been planning to launch 35 new routes (27 domestic routes and 8 international long-haul routes) by the end of 2019, and these 7 are the first for the west coast (They recently announced 6 new destinations in Europe as well!).

“We really feel it secures United as the premier gateway to the Pacific, It’s a capstone to 2018, which I think truly is a breakthrough year for United” – United CEO Oscar Munoz

Here are the new international routes with their frequency (Source).

  • Melbourne – MEL – (daily)
  • New Delhi – DEL- (daily)
  • Toronto – YYZ – (twice daily)
  • Amsterdam – AMS – (daily)
  • Seoul Incheon – ICN – (now 2x daily)
  • Auckland – AKL – (now year round, rather than seasonally)
  • Tahiti – PPT (now year round, rather than seasonally)

Our friends at SamChui have put together this excellent map that really shows off the new routes out of San Fransisco.

United Announces 7 New Long Haul Routes From San Francisco – Including Melbourne and New Delhi

What are the most interesting routes?

Most of these routes were already in operation and just increase in frequency, but a few are actually a bit of a surprise.


United already flies to the world’s coffee capital (Melbourne) via LAX. To fly from San Fransisco does seem a bit like overkill but Qantas (Competitor to United over the Pacific) recently started this route earlier this year. Qantas runs an overnight service which arrives in the evening. United’s service will fly during the day, like most regular flights to Los Angeles. Both these two services fly on the same plane, the Dreamliner 787-9. Whichever is best will come down to soft product.

This route starts October 29th 2019.

New Delhi

The Indian international market continues to expand (despite the local market collapsing from insanely cheap flights) and United wants to get in on it. They already have a route to New York to New Delhi, but this is the first time they have flown from the west coast.

Service starts from December 5th.

What are the route details?

United has sent out the route details below:

Flight From To Frequency Depart* Arrive* Aircraft
UA104 San Francisco New Delhi Daily 7:15 p.m. 12:45 a.m. +2 days 787-9
UA105 New Delhi San Francisco Daily 4:00 a.m. 6:10 a.m. 787-9
UA060 San Francisco Melbourne Tue/Thur/Sat 10:50 p.m. 9:40 a.m. +2 days 787-9
UA061 Melbourne San Francisco Mon/Thur/Sat 11:40 a.m. 6:50 a.m. 787-9
UA805 San Francisco Seoul Mon/Tue/Thur/Sat 4:55 p.m. 9:35 p.m. +1 day 777-200ER
UA806 Seoul San Francisco Mon/Wed/Thur/Sat 11:25 a.m. 6:10 a.m. 777-200ER
UA565 San Francisco Toronto Twice daily 10:25 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 737-800
11:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m+1 day
UA459 Toronto San Francisco Twice daily 7:15 a.m. 9:54 a.m. 737-800
7:21 p.m. 9:55 p.m
UA968 San Francisco Amsterdam Daily 2:55 p.m 10:20 a.m+1 day 787-9
UA969 Amsterdam San Francisco Daily 2:50 p.m 4:50 p.m. 787-9
UA917 San Francisco Auckland Tue/Thur/Sat 11:10 p.m. 7:20 a.m. 777-200ER
UA916 Auckland San Francisco Mon/Thur/Sat 2:30 p.m. 6:40 a.m. 777-200ER
UA917 San Francisco Pape’ete Tue/Thur/Sat 1:15 p.m. 6:55 p.m. 787-8
UA916 Pape’ete San Francisco Tue/Thur/Sat 9:15 p.m. 8:25 a.m+1 day 787-8

Are you excited to fly on any of these routes?