Qantas Airways has resumed its nonstop flights to San Francisco from Sydney. The service was resumed on December 18, 2015. The airline is currently operating five times weekly flights between the two destinations. Media reports said that the airline is planning to increase frequencies on the route and would be offering six times flights per week in February 2016.
According to the reports, the nonstop flights on San Francisco-Sydney route are being operated with the help of the rare Boeing 747-400ER aircraft, configured with a total capacity to seat 353 passengers – 14 seats in First Class, 52 seats in Business Class, 32 seats in Premium Economy and 255 seats in Economy Class.
Apart from Qantas Airways, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is also being currently served by United Airlines from Sydney. The leading U.S. carrier has also announced it will be launching new flights between Auckland and San Francisco during summer of 2016.
Fiji Airways has also indicated that it will be introducing flights services on Nadi-Auckland route this summer. Air New Zealand is also conducting flights services between Auckland and San Francisco as well.
It may be noted that Qantas Airways and American Airlines entered into a joint venture partnership for conducting flights services across the Pacific in June 2015. Both the carriers have now decided that they would be shifting to a “route revenue sharing agreement”. Under the new arrangement, American Airlines will be launching new flights between Los Angeles and Sydney. However, Qantas Airways will be cutting five flights per week from Los Angeles, four flights to Sydney and one flight to Brisbane, thus providing an extra plane to fly instead to San Francisco. The number of seats being offered in the US-Australia market will thus increase by 9 percent.