American, Qantas Expand Joint Business Venture, Announce New Routes Between U.S. and Australia
American Airlines and Qantas Airways announced that the two airlines will expand their existing joint business venture with new flights between the United States and Australia come December. The joint business venture allows the two carriers to jointly set fares and schedules for the new flights across the pacific.
Beginning December 17, American will launch daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Sydney Airport. The carrier will operate the service using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, equipped with eight lie-flat seats in first class, 52 lie-flat seats in business class, 39 seats in main cabin extra, the airline’s premium economy lite sections, and 220 seats in economy. Seats in first class are 30” wide and have a bed length of 78” while business-class seats are 26” wide, with a bed length of 75” to 78”.
On December 20, Qantas will restart service between Sydney and San Francisco International Airport. The carrier will initially operate flights on peak days, with the service increasing to six times per week in January of next year.
Qantas will operate the route using a reconfigured Boeing 747-400 plane, which has the same style interiors as the airline’s Airbus A380, which Qantas uses on its Sydney-Los Angeles route.
American and Qantas first began their joint business venture in 2011. At the time, American said that it had no intention of initiating service to Australia from the U.S.
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