Delta nixes hopes of direct SYD-SFO service

By David Flynn, August 10 2011
Delta nixes hopes of direct SYD-SFO service

In brief: If you're waiting for some choice on the direct Sydney to San Francisco route, and some welcome competition against United since Qantas left Fog City for Dallas, don't look to Delta.

The US carrier says it's sticking to Los Angeles, with a spokesperson telling Australian Business Traveller that "there are no plans to go anywhere else but Sydney-LAX at the moment."

However, this still leaves the way open for Virgin Australia to introduce direct services to San Francisco, and other destinations outside Los Angeles, as part of the upcoming Virgin Australia-Delta alliance in keeping with their stated aim of "delivering a more attractive and competitive service for customers".

(Sir Richard Branson has also stated that direct flights between Sydney and San Francisco are "under consideration" by Virgin Australia.)

According to the Delta spokesperson, "we're moving very quickly, with regular meetings in Los Angles and Brisbane." The alliance is expected to be fully operational "by the start of next year but it could even be earlier, the end of this year."


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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