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Wednesday 15 December 2021

United Airlines toasts border reopening in Aussie style

United Airlines is getting into the swing of all things Australian as it announced that Beach Beer Bondi XPA, one of Australia’s newest craft beers, will be available on all of its flights between Sydney and San Francisco and Los Angeles.

United is the first US airline to offer the boutique brand onboard its flights and it will be available for customers through March 2022.

United was the only airline that maintained passenger services between Australia and the US with daily flights during the pandemic, repatriating Australians and supporting essential travel.

“United flies the most to Australia among all US carriers and this partnership is an example of what good mates do,” said Luc Bondar, a native Australian and United’s vice president of marketing and loyalty.

“We are deeply committed to the Australian market and today’s announcement to support a local Aussie start-up brewer is a celebration of that loyalty.”

United also announced this week a new partnership with Virgin Australia Group that will add more flight options for customers.

Beginning early 2022, United customers can access convenient one-stop connections to Australia’s top destinations while enjoying the benefits of MileagePlus frequent flyer membership.

Beach Beer Bondi XPA, the brand’s flagship beer, is an Extra Pale Ale described as being "full of floral, fruity, stony goodness".

The beer is brewed with a special yeast sourced from United’s hometown, Chicago. Beach Beer Bondi was recognized in the Top 50 Best Craft Beers in Australia at the Great Australian Beer Spectacular festival (GABS).

“Showcasing our flagship beer on America’s premier airline, United Airlines, is a dream for us,” said Paul Parks, Bondi Brewing Company’s founder and director.

“It’s very cool that United is supporting an independent brewer from Down Under in what has been a tough couple of years for everyone.”

United currently operates daily nonstop flights between Sydney and San Francisco and Los Angeles with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and will upgrade the fleet to Boeing 777-300ERs, effective December 18, for eastbound flights.

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