Qantas takes bigger bite of Big Apple

Qantas is taking a somewhat bigger bite out of the Big Apple. The long-range, transpacific specialist increases the number of weekly flights from New York to Sydney from three to five early next year.

February 27, 2006 Australia’s far-ranging flag carrier adds a pair of weekly departures from John F. Kennedy International Airport. The extra flights are not nonstops. They’ll touch down en route at Los Angeles.

The added departures are scheduled for Mondays and Saturdays. Right now, Qantas flies New York-Downunder on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The extra flights will be via three-class Boeing 747-400s. The business class section on the long-range aircraft is fitted with the carrier’s award-winning Skybed sleeper seat.

Los Angeles is the linchpin of Qantas’ North American service. The Australian airline offers 18 flights between LAX and Sydney each week. Passengers traveling from New York can also transfer at Los Angeles International’s Bradley Terminal to Qantas flights bound for Brisbane, on Australia’s Gold Coast; and to Melbourne, a city which retains more than a bit of Victorian charm about it.

Announcement of the added New York flights comes on the heels of word that Qantas will begin offering San Francisco-Australia flights beginning March 29, 2006.

The extra flights add to the airline’s reputation as a long-haul leader. Qantas (which, by the way, stands for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) fields more nonstop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier. With a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, the oneworld alliance partner offers service to 140 destinations in 40 countries.

A publication which tracks such things closely, Air Transport World, named Qantas Airline of the Year in 2004.

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