Qantas Takes off to San Francisco for the First Time Since 2011

18th Dec 2015

About four years since Qantas last landed in San Francisco, The Flying Kangaroo is finally returning to the City by the Bay in a big way with a Boeing 747-400ER flight on Friday afternoon. As of January next year Qantas will have fly between Sydney and San Francisco six days per week.

A return flight from the Golden City will arrive less than 24 hours later on Saturday morning in the capital of New South Wales.

This kicks off a new joint venture alliance between the Australian carrier and its US-based Oneworld partner American Airlines. The partnership was first approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The New Zealand officials gave their approval shortly after, so it's now all up to the United States Department of Transportation to give the green light, which the experts believe will happen soon.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce held a media conference at Sydney Airport and said this about flying to San Francisco again:

"This is a new era for both airlines and we're excited to be unlocking new travel options for our customers and help build trade, tourism and investment opportunities for the Australian and US economies."

Joyce added:

"These new services are a good news story for Australian tourism, with American Airlines now promoting Australia across its massive domestic network. When you put that together with Qantas' significant investment in tourism marketing, it's a potent combination."

Chief executive officer at American Airlines Doug Parker commented:

"With this new Qantas service to San Francisco and American's new daily service to Los Angeles, customers are the clear winners when travelling with our two great airlines."

Qantas and American Airlines currently operate around 50 flights between Australia and the United States and are competing against another US-Australia joint venture, Virgin Australia-Delta for the market and its passengers.