Qantas and American Airlines (AA) have expanded their partnership, which will see the former return a San Francisco service, and the latter fly from Los Angles (LA) to Sydney for the first time.
The two Oneworld members said they will implement a route revenue share agreement, where money earned on the partnered flights will be divided equally, irrespective of the carrier that passengers use.
Qantas will resume its Sydney–San Francisco route from December 20, more than four years after it cut the service to position itself closer to AA’s biggest hub in the US, Dallas/Forth Worth.
The Flying Kangaroo will operate six times a week to LA using its newer B747-400, which has been fitted with the same interiors and cabin products as the airline’s A380s.
Qantas said the service to San Francisco was made possible by AA starting a daily route between Sydney and LA from December 19. This will will be operated by its new B777-300ER, which features flat-bed seats in first and business class.
The US carrier’s new route will replace four existing Qantas B747 weekly services between Sydney and LA, freeing up the Australian airline to use the jumbo jet on flights to San Francisco.