American Airlines has announced a new nonstop route from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) , Australia which will allow partner, Qantas, to reenter the Sydney (SYD) to San Francisco (SFO) market. The new LAX to SYD flights will begin on December 17th, 2015 and the new SYD to SFO flights will begin on December 20th. American Airlines will service the route with a Boeing 777-300ER with 3 classes of services. This increased partnership leaves room for more flights from the United States to Australia or even New Zealand. During the press release it was hinted that service to New Zealand from American Airlines could happen in the not too distant future.
With the added service the total number of flights between the United States and Australia from American Airlines and Qantas will increase from 44 weekly flights to 52 weekly flights.
|Route||Current||Future (effective end of January 2016)|
|SYD-LAX||QF A380 – 7 per week
QF B747 – 7 per week
|QF A380 – 7 per weekQF B747 – 3 per week
AA B777 – 7 per week
|MEL-LAX||QF A380 – 7 per week
QF B747 – 3 per week
|QF A380 – 7 per weekQF B747 – 2 per week|
|BNE-LAX||QF B747 – 7 per week||QF B747 – 7 per week|
|LAX-JFK||QF B747 – 7 per week||QF B747 – 7 per week|
|SYD-DFW||QF A380 – 6 per week||QF A380 –6 per week|
|SYD-SFO||QF B747 – 6 per week|
Overall this is a great addition for American Airlines as they try to build a larger trans-pacific gateway in Los Angeles. I hope to see more flights to Asia and maybe even New Zealand soon!