American Airlines to restart Sydney flights

The Qantas partner and Oneworld member is rebooting its daily LAX-Sydney service, with first class soon to follow.

By David Flynn, June 6 2022
American Airlines to restart Sydney flights
Executive Traveller exclusive

American Airlines is set to return to Australia in late October, almost six months after the Qantas partner was forced to suspend its flights between Los Angeles and Sydney owing to a shortage of aircraft.

The Oneworld member pulled the pin on its daily trans-Pacific service on May 4 “due to ongoing delivery delays with several Boeing 787 aircraft,” a spokesperson for the Dallas-based airline told Executive Traveller at the time.

“We expect to resume service between Los Angeles and Sydney in October.”

True to its word, American Airlines has now listed a restart for its daily LAX-Sydney flights from Saturday October 29 – although oddly, there appears to be a one-off service scheduled for Wednesday October 26.

Executive Traveller has contacted American Airlines for comment, and will update this story following the carrier’s response.

First class on the way

As expected, the LAX-Sydney reboot features the Boeing 787-9 – although there’s a bigger bird waiting in the wings, with the Boeing 777-300ER slated to take over the route starting December 16.

While the Boeing 777 adds only a dozen more seats overall, it notably brings back first class – with eight spacious open suites – while also boosting business class from then Dreamliner’s 30 seats to 52, in a timely move to capitalise on the peak holiday season.

American’s Boeing 777 first class suites transition between dining and sleep modes as expected… and for passengers seated by the windows, these seats also swivel to face outwards, creating an inflight working space with unparalleld views.

(Seats in the centre pair instead swivel to face each other, although a privacy divider can be raised in between if flying solo.)

As for American’s 777 business class, the seat will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s flown on Cathay Pacific – American adopted the same seat, and it has the same benefits such as a fully-flat bed with direct aisle access, ample seat-side storage space and a surprising degree of privacy.

When American Airlines soars back to Sydney, it’ll be going up against long-time foe and freshly-minted Virgin Australia partner United Airlines, along with Delta Air Lines, for non-stop flights between Sydney and the USA, while Hawaiian Airlines continues to flex its one-stop network via Honolulu.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 655

Slightly OT but has Qantas received its last 3 787's yet?

30 Aug 2021

Total posts 1

not yet

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 97

“tiny structural imperfections… quality lapses among suppliers and their subcontractors.”

I suddenly feel even more nervous about Boeing aircraft. You couldn’t PAY me to get on a 737 Max, and I always knew there would be problems with the 787… but that paragraph made my stomach turn over.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 151

Reminds me of the Comet. BOAC said nothing wrong with it, until there was a lot wrong with it and people died.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer P1

23 Aug 2014

Total posts 98

The AA website shows the 777 from 17/12 but does not show any F seats for sale

16 Dec 2011

Total posts 48

I hope this helps to ease prices a little.  Having no AA and VA plus other factors seems to have doubled costs.

19 Nov 2012

Total posts 46

Boeing won’t deliver the QF 787s till early next year. 


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