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No Impact Envisaged Through Qantas, American Airlines Expansion

Fiji Airways does not envisage any impact as such from the introduction of more flights between Sydney and Los Angeles and San Francisco by Qantas and American Airlines. This response
15 Jun 2015 11:12
No Impact Envisaged Through Qantas, American Airlines Expansion

Fiji Airways does not envisage any impact as such from the introduction of more flights between Sydney and Los Angeles and San Francisco by Qantas and American Airlines.

This response from our national airline follows the announcement of a significant expansion of Qantas and American Airline’s longstanding relationship.

It will see the US carrier fly from Los Angeles to Sydney for the first time and Qantas will return to San Francisco. This is of course still subject to approval from regulators.

Fiji Airways board director, Stefan Pichler, said: “Our core market is from Fiji to the United States and we continue to do well on it. We are constantly developing our relationships with all other airline partners, including Qantas and American Airlines.”

Fiji Airways flies to Los Angeles from Nadi eight times a week using its Airbus A330s. It is understood there are quite a lot of connecting passengers from Australia as well as New Zealand who take advantage of the Fiji Airways connection to North America via Nadi.

 

The new flights

Qantas will return to the Sydney-San Francisco route from 20 December. This is currently the most popular onward destination for corporate customers.

Services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six per week in January 2016 using its newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the same style interiors found on the airline’s A380s.

Qantas’ flights to San Francisco are made possible by American Airlines starting a direct daily Sydney to Los Angeles service from December 19.

This will replace four Qantas’ B747 Sydney to Los Angeles services per week and one Qantas B747 Melbourne to Los Angeles service per week.

American Airlines’ Trans-Pacific flights will be operated by its new B777-300ER featuring lie-flat seats in First and Business.

Qantas will retain its daily A380 Sydney to Los Angeles and Melbourne to Los Angeles services, as well as its B747 Brisbane-Los Angeles flights.

The airlines will codeshare on each other’s services.

The airlines say this enhanced relationship also provides opportunities for future growth into trans-Pacific markets not currently served by either airline, such as New Zealand.

American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said: “Our customers have asked us to expand to important business markets across the Pacific.

“Flying our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to Sydney will provide another world-class travel experience from our key gateway at LAX.”

The airlines will shortly apply for regulatory approval for these new arrangements.

Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 


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