American Airlines resumes daily Sydney-LAX flights

The Qantas partner and Oneworld member returns to Australian skies.

By Matt Lennon, January 12 2022
American Airlines resumes daily Sydney-LAX flights

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


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14 Sep 2012

Total posts 366

Great news. I noticed the post CV schedule from QF was PM departure from Sydney as the QF11 versus BC both QF and AA had similar AM departures. Having definite AM & PM departures offers great choice across QF/AA, wonder if this will be more permanent?

23 Mar 2016

Total posts 8

Am I missing something but does the article tell us how often this service will be offered on recommencement? Daily?

23 Mar 2016

Total posts 8

Thanks for updating.

the fare are fairly high in early January at AUD$2900 return SYD/LAX/SYD in economy. I can get the best business class across the Pacific for that.


30 Jul 2015

Total posts 105

Please change the picture, since the seats shown above have never been on the AA 787-9.

AA uses the same seat as now found in the new BA Club World cabin, it's exactly the same with just a door added on.

The pic above is from the 787-8 (while a good seat - disliked by some, sure) the 787-8 does not fly to SYD with AA.

09 Sep 2021

Total posts 16

Great news for anyone wanting to fly to LA. I think a huge majority of Sydneysiders will take advantage of this. 

Bit by bit, travel will take off again and that's a positive.


16 May 2016

Total posts 71

United's Australian flights do have the new Polaris seat already. It's excellent. Best bedding I've experienced in business class. 

The Boeing 777s now flying between Sydney and San Francisco do, although usually this is a Boeing 787, just like Sydney-LAX, sometimes they have Polaris and sometimes they have the older seat. It's a great seat, I'll be very happy for this to be on both Sydney routes full-time!

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