American 777-300ER to visit Sydney in November ahead of SYD-LAX route launch

An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER. (American Airlines)
An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER. (American Airlines)

Aviation enthusiasts will be in for a treat in November when American Airlines brings its flagship Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney for a flying visit ahead of its resumption of service to Australia.

The aircraft is scheduled to land at Sydney on the morning of Friday, November 13, a statement from alliance partner Qantas said on Thursday.

American and Qantas are inviting aviation, corporate and sales agents for tours of the aircraft’s in-flight product.

American is resuming service to Australia for the first time since the early 1990s when it launches daily Sydney-Los Angeles flights as part of an expanded partnership with Qantas from December 19.

At the same time, Qantas is also bringing back direct flights between the NSW capital and San Francisco from December 18.

American chief executive Doug Parker said the 777-300ER was part of the oneworld alliance member’s extensive fleet renewal and $2 billion capital investment program – which apart from picking up on average a new aircraft a week also includes cabin interiors, in-flight wifi and airport checkin kiosks – demonstrated “the best American has to offer”.

“It’s been more than 20 years since we’ve had service to Australia, and we’ve made incredible strides to make sure American offers a world-class product to important business and leisure customers,” Parker said in a statement.

The airline last served Australia with its own aircraft in the early 1990s, when it briefly operated a four-times weekly LAX-Honolulu-Sydney service using Douglas DC-10 trijets.

In July, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given interim approval for Qantas and American to expand their partnership on trans-Pacific routes, which has been updated to include, among other things, a revenue-sharing component.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said he was looking forward to hosting American’s visit to Australia.

“Our expanded relationship with American Airlines is great news for customers of both airlines travelling across the Pacific and North America,” Joyce said.

Currently, Qantas flies from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Los Angeles. The Flying Kangaroo also offers nonstop service from Sydney to Honolulu and Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as seasonal flights to Vancouver.

American Qantas CEOs on 77W
American chief executive Doug Parker and Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce on board Amerian’s 777-300ER in June 2015. (American)

Comments

  1. mike9 says

    RE, davo . here here ! flew in America with them , not good ,they are competing with people like Air New Zealand who offer a fantastic product , and customers here are used to the great service offered by the likes of Emirates and Singapore and others .
    I wish them the best as a second class service wont last long .

  2. NJP says

    New aircraft, new inflight service but will we still get the same about-to-retire cabin crew (extras from The Golden Girls) using their preferences to fly 2 long-haul sectors and take the rest of the week off?

  3. Bob says

    Re : “NJP” , in the U.S it is not only American Airlines that you will find mature or more senior age workers . I have been working here in the U.S for the past couple of years and it is normal to see this across the country in shops ,supermarket checkouts ,dept stores ,garages ,other airlines , in fact anywhere .They are liked for their experience and reliability . My immediate reaction to seeing this was why cant Australia do this ? . Once your 40 something plus in Australia its very hard to get employers to even reply to your job applications at all , how terribly devastating that must be . Also just what “preferences “are you referring to in regards to what shifts cabin crew work , people work to a roster usually and no such luxury as you wrote . Finally , “flight attendants ” are “Safety Attendants” ,they are highly trained in safety and that is what they are by definition . They just happen to try to look after us all by making us comfortable and also even serve food and beverages ! .

  4. Paul says

    Its interesting when people refer to Cabin Crews duties as merely being Safety Related.

    YES, there is definitely (and mandated) minimum requirements for Cabin Crew in relation to safety including minimum crewing, training and so forth.

    I would even go as far to say as Safety duties in nearly all situations trump service duties.

    However, customer service is HIGH on the duties list of Cabin Crew. To simply say they are there for your safety is not entirely accurate.

    I cant imagine flying SYD to JHB or SYD to LAX for example without cabin service.

    Customers would (and do) defer to other airlines if service levels drop below expectations, and airlines know this,

  5. Rodney Marinkovic says

    American Airline is leading airline among US airlines. This time big American will be togheter with its allay Qantas, dominant carrier on trans Pacific destination. And beyond.
    Product and services will be magnet to passengers. In regard of same negative opinions,
    this most experience carrier is hire to stay. Good luck, big American.
    Rodney & Globtrothers, ✈R✈. Kraljevo✈Serbia ///Sydney✈Australia.