Those dreaming of a vacation to the South Pacific just got a new option to fly non-stop from the mainland United States.
United Airlines is turning to Tahiti for its latest overseas route, part of an recent international expansion at the carrier that shows no signs of letting up.
United will begin flying to the iconic South Pacific island on Oct. 30. The airline will offer three flights a week between its San Francisco hub and Papeete, the capital of the French Polynesia territory that includes Tahiti. The airline will use Boeing 787 widebody jets for the flights, which will take about 8 hours. The seasonal service is scheduled to run through March 28.
The Tahiti flights continue what’s been a torrid international expansion for United during the past year. The carrier has added new overseas destinations, including Reykjavik, Iceland; and Porto, Portugal.
Beyond previously unserved destinations, United also has revealed several high-profile new routes. The company"™s just-launched 18-hour Los Angeles-Singapore route has become the longest route ever flown by a U.S. carrier, narrowly edging out United"™s San Francisco-Singapore route that it launched just a year earlier. Other international highlights for United in 2017 include Houston-Sydney; San Francisco-Zurich and Newark-Buenos Aires; the latter route resumes service United discontinued in 2013…