United Launches World’s Longest 787 Route from Los Angeles to Melbourne

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United announced that they would be flying the Boeing 787 from Los Angeles to Melbourne six times per week starting October 26, 2014.

This new route for the 787 will be the longest route in which this aircraft will be flown at 7,927 miles.

United 787

Per this Forbes article, currently, the two longest 787 flights are operated by Ethiopian Airlines, but both stop in Rome on westbound routes from Addis Ababa to Washington and Toronto. Addis-Washington is 7,182 miles, while Addis-Toronto is 7,143 miles.

Bottom Line 

7,927 miles from Los Angeles to Melbourne is a long flight, so I would definitely want to be in one of the 36 Business First seats onboard this plane!

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  1. Wow, especially with the United flight attendants giving their disapproving glares 10 miles in. Only 7917 miles to go, kiddies!

  2. I don’t know why United gets quite the bad reputation for such poor service. Their service isn’t nearly as good and individualized as that on Asian carriers, to be sure, but I’ve generally had very friendly and helpful United FAs in premium cabins, both domestically and internationally.

    I’m beginning to wonder if all the complaints are more to do with the negative, annoying business travelers or the people who simply are outraged that US based airlines don’t have FA service equivalent to Asian carriers. I hate to break it to everyone, but there’s a reason why Asian carriers have female FAs who are usually more eager to help and be service-oriented, and that has all to do with cultural differences and much less to do with training.

  3. I would hate to be on one of these birds with 2 engines and a doubtful battery

    I went to SYD on the old 747 on UA from SFO (inciidentally that is less than LAX-SYD due to the way the earth curves)
    When you wake up in the middle of the flight all you see is blue on the map.
    At least we had 4 engines and 30 plus years of reliable service on the model.

  4. @ffi
    Would you please inform me the last time a twin engine plane crashed in the ocean because of an engine failure?
    Not once in the ETOPS era. in millions of flights, not a single one has crashed, if that isn’t reliability, I don’t know what is.

  5. @Kris

    AF447 was an Airbus 330 and ETOPS 240 approved… but we all know what happened there.

  6. Yes… we all know it had nothing to do with engine reliability. AF447 would have crashed just the same even if it had 6 working engines.

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