Qantas will dial back flights between Sydney and Los Angeles next year, axing its Boeing 747 service on the route after joint venture partner American Airlines launches daily Sydney-LAX flights in December.
Currently running daily but dropping to three-times-weekly in January 2016, QF17/18 will retire completely come April, although Qantas’ daily flagship Airbus A380 flights (QF11/12) will continue.
With its late afternoon departure from Sydney, QF17 was a favourite among business travellers who could spend the better part of the day working at home or in the office before jetting to the US and arriving in time for dinner on the same calendar day.
Its departure also means less choice for passengers, as Qantas’ remaining QF11 flight and American’s AA72 service (codeshared as QF309) both depart in the mornings within just 90 minutes of each other:
The rejig frees up a reconfigured Boeing 747 with A380-like seating and amenities to operate Qantas’ new Sydney-San Francisco flights and to upsize its Melbourne-Hong Kong flights to the jumbo from a smaller Airbus A330 on three days each week from April 2016.
The latter adds premium economy into the mix to compete with Cathay Pacific, while Qantas will also ramp up its Airbus A380 flights from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth to a daily service from April after doing the same over the upcoming Christmas and New Year travelling peak season.
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