American Airlines returns to Sydney

The Qantas partner and Oneworld member returns after fours months’ absence from Australian skies.

By David Flynn, September 29 2021
American Airlines returns to Sydney

American Airlines is headed back to Sydney, with the Oneworld member and Qantas partner now scheduling the return of its Los Angeles-Sydney route from early January 2022.

This comes four months 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.

But with the worst of those days behind us, American Airlines has set a course back onto the trans-Pacific corridor.

The daily flight AA73 from LAX will depart January 4, 2022, with the AA72 return leg from Sydney resuming on January 6.

American's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be 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.

As previously reported, Qantas will resume daily Sydney-Los Angeles and Melbourne-Los Angeles flights from late December.

United Airlines has continued flying its Boeing 787s between Sydney and Los Angeles throughout the pandemic, while Delta Air Lines' Airbus A350 also remains a regular fixture between the two cities.

Also read: Why Seattle will replace LAX as American Airlines’ new Asian gateway 


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.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 363

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 7

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 7

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 103

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.

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