United Airlines Will Launch Nonstop 787 Service Between Los Angeles and Melbourne

United Airlines will replace its Sydney-Melbourne tag service with nonstop 787-900 flights between LAX and Melbourne, Australia, 6 days a week beginning October 26th. Unfortunately I’m not seeing any dates where 2 reward seats are available on the new route.

The aircraft is configured 48 in BusinessFirst, 63 in Economy Plus and 141 in Economy.

From a comfort and amenity standpoint, the 787 is 30 years ahead of the 747 that currently flies LAX-SYD-MEL (though there is coach award availability on that aircraft). That LAX-SYD flight will move to a 777-200 in March.


  1. Does this confirm that LAX is United’s preferred international west coast hub (over SFO)?