American Airlines is once again flying daily between Sydney and Los Angeles, with the Oneworld member and Qantas partner touching down in Australia on January 6.
American's return comes after the US carrier suspended the long-standing flights at the end of August 2021 "due to the ongoing travel restrictions" sparked by Covid-19, an American Airlines spokesman told Executive Traveller at the time.
Flight AA73 departs Los Angeles in the late evening, landing in Sydney two days later, with the return AA72 leg from Sydney taking off just after 11am to reach LAX at around 6am the same day.
American's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is assigned to the 14-15 hour trek, with plenty of variety for how you fly: from 30 lie-flat business class berths to 21 premium economy recliners and 234 economy seats, 36 of which have extra legroom.
Also sharing the popular trans-Pacific corridor is Qantas, which this week saw the return of the flagship Airbus A380 between Sydney and Los Angeles.
Qantas offers the only first class on the route, although the spacious suites are initially being offered as upgrades to top-tier frequent flyers booked into business class; the airline plans to resume selling first class on March 27.
American's US arch-rival United Airlines is also flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, with the newly-minted Virgin Australia partner promising the route will soon see its latest Polaris business class suites.
Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines' Airbus A350 remains a regular fixture between the two cities, with the carrier saying the loss of longtime partner Virgin Australia won’t see Delta abandoning its sole Australian destination.
"Delta's operations in Australia are not impacted by the termination of the agreement with Virgin Australia, and we continue to operate nonstop service to/from Sydney," a spokeswoman for the airline recently told Executive Traveller.
Additional reporting by David Flynn