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Updated: American Airlines To Fly Down Under

Updated 9-June-2015 3:14 ET American Airlines will become the last of the three major US Airlines to offer direct flights from the United States to Australia. This morning, the airline tweeted that "Big News" was coming at 3 PM, along with a picture of a Kangaroo and the hashtag "#GreatMates". A press conference with both American Airlines and Qantas was also set up for this afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Now, we finally know what the two airlines are up to: American will finally fly from LAX to the "Land Down Under".
American Airlines' Tweet this morning

American Airlines' Tweet this morning

From December 17th of this year, American Airlines will begin direct daily flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney, Australia. The flights will be operated by American's flagship Boeing 777-300ER. Qantas will maintain their 7 weekly Airbus A380 flights on the route as well as 3 of 7 weekly Boeing 747-400s. The net result is an increase from 14 to 17 weekly flights operated by the two partners. American wasn't the only one with big news. Qantas also announced that they will resume flights from Sydney to San Francisco by end of the year. They cited the new partnership as the reason for the expansion. The two CEOs also hinted at possible future flights from the United States to New Zealand, where Air New Zealand currently has a monopoly. As part of the "Great Mates" partnership, American and Qantas will be able to share revenue/profits and would be allowed to coordinate with each other on pricing and scheduling with antitrust immunity.
This was tweeted by Qantas. It looks like we'll have a new JV today!

Qantas' tweet

As expected, American's new route will be served by the flagship 3-class Boeing 777-300ER. They currently fly several of these to Brazil, where they have to spend about 10 hours each day on the ground due to the fact that flights in both directions operate overnight.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines already offer daily direct flights to Australia from the west coast along with Virgin Australia and Qantas. Hawaiian Airlines also serves the country from Honolulu with convenient connections to several cities in the United States. It has always surprised me that American Airlines wasn't a part of this market, especially with a OneWorld hub in Sydney. Nevertheless, this is great news for American Airlines as the carrier will now have nonstop flights to five out of six of the world's inhabited continents. (still no flights to Africa)

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I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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