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American Airlines releases schedule for new Sydney-Los Angeles service

written by | July 24, 2015
An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER. (American Airlines)
American will use the Boeing 777-300ER to serve Sydney. (American Airlines)

American Airlines’ new Los Angeles-Sydney service will operate as an afternoon departure from Sydney and an overnight flight from LAX.

The oneworld alliance member and Qantas partner has released the flight times for its return to Australia for the first time in two decades, with AA73 scheduled to depart Los Angeles at 2150 local time and arrive in Sydney at 0755 two days later.

Meanwhile, the reciprocal AA72 is scheduled to take off from Sydney at 1200 for a 0650 landing in Los Angeles.


The flight timings are similar to Qantas’s daily A380 Sydney-Los Angeles service, with the departures taking place within an hour of QF11 and QF12.

Tickets for the new American flights, which will be operated by three-class Boeing 777-300ERs and due to begin from December 19, go on sale from Sunday (US time).

“Expanding our global footprint to another continent is an important step for American as we continue to invest in our network to provide the best possible travel experience for our customers,” American chief marketing officer Andrew Nocella said in a statement on Thursday (US time).

“We are eager to begin service to Australia with our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, which offers amenities and service that international travellers recognise as one of the best travel experiences in the industry.”


American and Qantas were granted interim authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for an expanded joint business agreement to reflect the US carrier’s return to Australia and the Flying Kangaroo’s resumption of Sydney-San Francisco flights.

Qantas is reducing the frequency of its evening departure from Sydney to Los Angeles from daily to three times weekly and afternoon flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles from three to two flights a week to free up a Boeing 747 to return to San Francisco for the first time since 2011.

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  • Watto


    Skytrax give AA a 3/10 for satisfaction. No need to say anymore.

  • KosCoz


    Hmm – so the marketing officer assures us that “provide the best possible travel experience for our customers”. I guess that what market officers have to say.

    The AA 777 have the 3-4-3 configuration for economy. I have once flown a 6 hour flight in one of these. That was a horror flight let alone being trapped in one of these sardine cans for 15 hours. Now whenever I see a 777 flight with one of these configurations, I look for an alternative flight or airline. Feel sorry for those who end up flying on one of these flights

  • David


    Would have been nice if they used the 787-8/9.

  • Aden O'keefe-Buckton


    I love the Boeing 777-300ER. If only theywould fly out of Canberra (once customs/quarantine is installed), there’s enough demand to mostly fill a 777 betwene CBR & LAX.

  • Aden O'keefe-Buckton


    I wonder if the QANTAS 747 (AA73 is replacing) to JFK will be run by the A380 that opporates QF12 or if QANTAS will stop services to New York.

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