United Airlines Daily Nonstop Flight Between Houston – Sydney Begins January 18, 2018


United Airlines today announced that it would begin daily non-stop flight between Houston and Sydney on January 18, 2018, using Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

United Airlines IAH-SYD

The flight will be United second longest (Los Angeles – Singapore is longer). Qantas flies between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth daily using Airbus A380 aircraft.

United Airlines US – Australia Routes:

United Airlines IAH-SYD GCM

Proposed Timetable Houston – Sydney:

United Airlines IAH-SYD Schedule

Here’s the press release from United:

United Airlines (UAL) today reaffirmed its commitment to Houston with the announcement that it will begin daily, nonstop service between its Houston hub and Sydney on January 18, 2018.

The new flight will be the only nonstop service to Australia from Houston and offers customers from Houston as well as from hundreds of cities across the U.S. the opportunity to conveniently travel to Sydney. United currently serves Sydney nonstop from its West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This flight is subject to government approval.

At 8,596 miles, this flight will be United’s second longest. Together with its service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore, United will fly the three longest flights by a U.S. carrier, making United the leader in ultra-long haul flights.

“For nearly 50 years, the City of Houston and United Airlines have built a wonderful relationship and we are thrilled that United continues investing in its operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and throughout our community,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This new route is just one of the ways United is demonstrating its commitment to its customers and employees in Houston. We are looking forward to visiting Sydney and welcoming our Australian visitors with open arms to Texas.”

Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines said, “Our Houston hub is stronger than ever and it continues to be an absolutely vital part of our industry-leading network. We are honored to have served this vibrant city for nearly half a century, and this exciting intercontinental flight is one more way we are demonstrating United’s commitment to our customers who call Houston home as well as the millions of customers who connect through Houston each year. This new route will serve more than 70 cities across North America making one-stop service to Sydney faster and more convenient than ever before.”

For example, customers originating in Charlotte, North Carolina have to fly to Chicago to connect to San Francisco to get to Sydney on United today. With United’s new schedule at Houston, customers would now have just one stop at Houston to get to Sydney – saving hours off the journey by reducing the number of connections.

Houston – Sydney Flight Schedule
Flight City Depart City Arrive
UA 101 Houston (IAH) 8:00 p.m. Sydney (SYD) 6:30 a.m. +2 days later
UA 100 Sydney (SYD) 11:50 a.m. Houston (IAH) 10:35 a.m. same day


Onboard Services

United’s flight between Houston and Sydney will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a total of 252 seats – 48 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class, 63 Economy Plus seats and 141 seats in United Economy.

United Polaris business class features a reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers, including elevated inflight food and beverages, tranquil custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, comfortable pajamas and exclusive amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa.

United Economy Plus offers additional legroom and increased personal space.  Located near the front of the economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane on arrival.

United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, beer and wine, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment. Additionally, the seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.


It wasn’t that long when only United Airlines and Qantas flew between United States and Australia both from the West Coast. Now Virgin Australia, American Airlines and Delta fly as well and more direct/nonstop routes have opened beyond Los Angeles/San Francisco. That one could call competition.

These ultra long-haul flights are expensive to operate because you need to carry more fuel to carry fuel. Not sure if I could take United on-board service for such a long time….

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