American, Qantas Strengthen Relationship
American Airlines and Qantas Airways are bolstering their relationship and opening two new key routes between the west coast and Australia.
American will begin operating a daily, nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Sydney on Dec. 17, 2015. Three days later, on Dec. 20, 2015, Qantas will begin operating service between Sydney and San Francisco, expanding the airlines' joint network to another key market for business and leisure customers. Services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six times per week in January 2016.
The new agreement is pending regulatory approvals.
"Qantas has been a fantastic partner through oneworld and our joint business relationship, and strengthening those ties has provided us with a solid foundation to introduce American-operated flights into the Australian region," Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines, said in a statement. "Our customers have asked us to expand to important business destinations across the Pacific, and flying our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to Sydney will provide another world-class travel experience from our key gateway at LAX."
"For over 20 years, we've worked in partnership with American to give our customers the best network on both sides of the Pacific," said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group. "We are excited to take the alliance to a new level and expand our services to new destinations including San Francisco – Australia's biggest unserved direct corporate destination. We are seeing strong growth in numbers of visitors to Australia and look forward to carrying more travelers from the U.S. across our extensive domestic and international network in the South Pacific."
Customers traveling from Australia can access more than 150 destinations throughout North America on American's network from Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and San Francisco. This includes transcontinental service to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) from LAX and SFO on the only true three-class aircraft flying those routes, the Airbus A321T. From LAX, customers can connect on to more than 50 destinations. American has added service to seven new destinations from its LAX hub over the past year, including Atlanta, Belize, Edmonton, Guadalajara, San Antonio, Tampa and Vancouver.
Customers traveling from North America have access to nearly 60 additional destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand when connecting from Qantas trans-Pacific routes from Sydney.
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