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February 28, 2024

United Airlines to soar as first US carrier with direct Manila route

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United Airlines, already the largest U.S. carrier across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is set to solidify its position as a leader in the Asia-Pacific region. In a groundbreaking move, United will become the first U.S. airline to offer direct flights from the continental U.S. to Manila, while also introducing additional non-stop services to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Taipei, with flights commencing in October.

This winter, United will operate long-haul flights to a remarkable 15 international destinations across the Pacific. Impressively, when excluding mainland China routes, United’s transpacific network will be 50% larger than the combined offerings of all other U.S. airlines.

The expansion follows United’s sustained growth in its international network. Earlier this year, the airline executed the most extensive South Pacific network expansion in aviation history, resulting in a 40% increase in flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand. Moreover, the current summer schedule features United’s largest-ever operations across the Atlantic, surpassing its 2019 schedule by 32% and outpacing other U.S. carriers by 10%.

Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances at United, expressed excitement about the new services, stating, “United offers more flights to more destinations across the Pacific than all other U.S. airlines combined. As the flag carrier of the U.S., we are thrilled to introduce this new Manila route and enhance connectivity to Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo.”

Starting October 29, United will operate flights between San Francisco and Manila, making it the sole U.S. carrier to offer service to Manila from both Guam and Palau, and the only one to provide non-stop flights from the continental U.S. to the Philippines. Additionally, on October 28, United will launch new services between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, augmenting its existing flights from San Francisco.

United will further bolster its presence in Tokyo, resuming non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Narita, in addition to its existing Los Angeles to Tokyo-Haneda service. The airline will also increase flights to Taipei with a second daily year-round service from San Francisco, giving passengers more flexible travel options between these two vibrant cities.

Tickets for these new routes are now available for purchase on United’s official website, United.com, and through the United app. As the airline continues to expand its reach and strengthen its international foothold, travelers can look forward to a wealth of opportunities to explore the Asia-Pacific region with United Airlines.


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