Too much capacity and completion to SYD. Even AA switched from 77W to 789 (and now does not offer First class on that route). United would probably loose a lot of money if they switched to 77W to Australia. The MEL flight is usually more full than the LAX-SYD flight.....
Correct, in the last 5 or 10 years, it went from QF (large player) and UA (small player) to VA, DL, AA and UA expansion (SYD>SFO). So, operating the most efficient a/c with the appropriate level of premium seats is wise on this route. Plus, pax will feel better from the dreamliner's humidity...right?
If anyone wants to work on Australia, BNE might be a shot. VA didn't fare too well. QF 2x some days IIRC. UA's 788 might work.
Very enlightening responses! Thanks. I was commenting purely on intuition (no facts) that UA ought to use their 77Ws. Reason being is that I’ve flown the UA 77W in Polaris about 6 RTs and IMHO it’s the best premium product United has had since a 747 in First Class 30 years ago (and yet even then there were no lie flat seats) but the service and food was amazing. The few times I’ve been to Australia and flew UA their reputation was pretty bad. Everyone questioned my decision to fly them. (Well I was in F, and at that time GS and I needed to stay on UA to keep my status) but I figured the 77W could be their shot at “helping” to close the gap - especially from SFO and the new Polaris Lounge. I guess by 2020 the 789s will have Polaris, and that’s not so far away.
Aside from UA, who else flies Melbourne to SF?
It would be very cool if UA added BNE. Currently who does UA parter with to fly pax onward to other Australian cities? It was Qantas years ago, perhaps that’s changed.
UA flies LAX-MEL, not from SFO. Don't think UA will start SFO-MEL. No one flies SFO-MEL. QF and VA also fly LAX-MEL. AC flies YVR-BNE and VA flies LAX-BNE but don't think there's enough traffic for another carrier.
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777