American Airlines and Qantas will launch two new trans-Pacific routes in the next 24 hours, connecting Australia with the US.
Qantas flight QF73 will depart Sydney on Friday afternoon, bound for San Francisco, while American Airlines flight AA72 from Sydney to Los Angeles is scheduled to take-off on Saturday morning.
The new services have been made possible by an expanded commercial partnership between Qantas and American, and form part of a broader trans-Pacific network spanning Australia, New Zealand and the US.
“This is a new era for both airlines and we’re excited to be unlocking new travel options for our customers and helping to build trade, tourism and investment opportunities for the Australian and US economies,” said Qantas’ group CEO, Alan Joyce.
“We can’t wait to return to San Francisco, which was Qantas’ first ever US destination back in the 1950s and is still a hugely popular holiday spot for Australians. What’s different today is that we’re also seeing really strong demand for business travel, driven by the Silicon Valley technology boom.”
Doug Parker, American’s chairman & CEO, added; “Qantas has been a fantastic partner through oneworld and our joint business relationship, and we are delighted that customers are seeing enhanced benefits of this partnership through a greater choice of flights to the US. With this new Qantas service to San Francisco and American’s new daily service to Los Angeles, customers are the clear winners when travelling with our two great airlines.”
Qantas’ Sydney-San Francisco services will ramp up to six per week in January 2016, with all flights to be operated by a Boeing 747-400 aircraft that features the same interiors as the airline’s Airbus A380s. American’s Boeing 777-300ER will operate daily on the Sydney-Los Angeles route.