Confirmed: United will fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne later this year

Reports are circulating that United will fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Photo: United.

Reports are circulating that United will fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Photo: United.

United Airlines is expected to announce a new flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia that will start in October, according to Airchive, an aviation blog. (We have since confirmed it — see below.)

United will fly the route six times per week using a Boeing 787-9 aircraft starting Oct 26, Airchive reported. The news is being warmly greeted on Flyertalk, the message board I profiled in a feature story earlier this week. Posters on the website, who are probably airline employees, are talking like it’s a done deal, though they note the international flight is subject to government approval. (Flyertalk members get this stuff wrong occasionally, but not often.)

I reached out late Thursday to United for a comment, but I have not heard back.

Qantas already files between Los Angeles and Melbourne using an Airbus A380. United for now offers one-stop service to Melbourne. The plane stops in Sydney.

UPDATE: 10 p.m. The flight is now available for purchase on United.com. Also, the reputable Airlineroute.net website says the flights start on November 3.  It starts Oct. 26, as we originally stated.

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