Qantas reduces Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles Boeing 747 flights

By David Flynn, June 10 2015
Qantas reduces Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles Boeing 747 flights

Qantas will drop five flights from its Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles schedule from December this year, as part of a package which sees American Airlines begin a daily LAX-Sydney service while Qantas restarts flights to San Francisco.

Qantas currently runs two daily flights between Sydney and Los Angeles: the morning Airbus A380 service (QF11/12) and the afternoon QF17/18 flight on a Boeing 747.

By the end of January that Boeing 747 service will be trimmed back to just three flights per week, although Qantas has yet to announce which days will remain on the timetable.

Likewise, the thrice-weekly Boeing 747 (QF95/96) flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles will be trimmed to two flights each week.

American Airlines has not yet revealed the timetable for its own Los Angeles-Sydney service which begins on December 17.

Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter: we're @AusBT


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.

10 Jun 2015

Total posts 12

Whilst that is great news-I think? What's going to happen with the connecting LAX-JFK on QF 17? Currently it's the daily 747 service from SYD-LAX onwards to JFK? We will have to wait and see!


Also so does this mean overall there will be 1 less internationally service out of MEL from Dec?? The 2nd largest city in Australia? 

Lastly, IMHO QF  not AA will restart AKL-LAX service as they won't want AA serving that sector as well! Watch this space! Air NZ have been creaming this sector with upwards of 3 daily services ever since QF or One World pulled out-citing lack of demand!


Btw I just joined this website so hello everyone and it's an honour to be amongst like minded people!



07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1249

Nothing will happen with the JFK flight. It is currently served by the 747 that comes from BNE.

Yes, 1 less service from MEL. But in the bigger picture United just added capacity to Melbourne and QF haven't been selling as well as they hoped (what I've heard anyway).

QF can't restart AKL flight (at least at the moment), simply as they have no spare planes.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 337

Welcome to the site Travelnut!! ??

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 1013

QF didn't pull SFO in 2011 because of "lack of demand". The flight was profitable. They thought they could make more money by shifting the aircraft to DFW.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 506

and oh did they make a lot of money

21 Apr 2013

Total posts 34

qants is running a tight schedule hear they need to order more aircraft  but great news for the sydney-san francisco 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

Total posts 244

Great news for options of flying to the US.

One can choose many entry points. Only wish they open more Award Seats redemptions.

Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Qantas reduces Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles Boeing 747 flights