Qantas to Resume Flights to San Francisco
OneWorld Alliance members Qantas Airways and American Airlines held a press conference today to share some big news on their United States - Australia joint partnership. American Airlines announced that they will begin flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney, Australia from December of this year. The route will be operated by the Boeing 777-300ER. Qantas also had some news to share. The airline will resume flights from Sydney to San Francisco. The airline previously operated the route but cancelled flights in May 2011 due to weak demand. Qantas cited the newly enhanced partnership with American Airlines as the reason for resuming service and they seemed confident that the flight will be successful. The airline will fly the route six times a week on Boeing 747-400 aircraft. United Airlines, part of the Star Alliance, currently operates a daily Boeing 777-200 between the two cities.According to Alan Joyce, Qantas' CEO, San Francisco is the number one destination for the airline's passengers connecting from Australia to the U.S. on American Airlines. He also hinted that future flights directly from the United States to New Zealand may be possible in the near future. Air New Zealand currently has a monopoly on that market with flights from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.