Qantas will launch new four times weekly nonstop services between Australia and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from May 16, and at the same time will drop its direct Sydney-San Francisco flights.
The new route will see Qantas operate three-class Boeing 747-400ER direct outbound flights from Sydney to DFW as QF7, returning to Sydney via Brisbane as QF8, while the airline will continue to serve San Francisco from May 14 under a codeshare arrangement.
The new flights to Dallas/Fort Worth will be codeshared with American Airlines, and the two carriers have announced plans to expand their commercial partnership.
“Alongside our entry into DFW, Qantas and American Airlines intend to deepen their existing relationship and will be seeking regulatory approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other relevant authorities for this expanded commercial relationship,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.
Qantas and American will seek to coordinate operations between Australia/New Zealand and the US, while Qantas will codeshare from Dallas/Fort Worth with American to 13 US – Albuquerque, Boise, Cleveland, Washington DC (Reagan National), El Paso, New York (LaGuardia), Kansas City, Oklahoma, Phoenix, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Tucson – and three Mexican – Cancun, Guadalajara, and Mexico City – destinations.
Once the alliance receives regulatory approval, Qantas plans to increase the Dallas/Fort Worth services to a daily frequency. The new commercial agreement will also see AAVacations, American Airlines’ tour operator, offer integrated Australia and Asia Pacific holidays packages in the US market.
Meanwhile, Qantas has also announced it will increase the frequency of its Los Angeles-New York service (QF107/108) from six times per week to daily from June.