Qantas announced (14-Jan-2011) plans to launch four-times weekly Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth service from 16-May-2011 using three-class B747-400 equipment. Qantas will operate direct outbound flights from Sydney, with return flights via Brisbane. Dallas/Fort Worth is the largest hub of oneworld partner American Airlines and Qantas stated the airlines "will soon seek to expand their commercial relationship", with Qantas expecting to increase Dallas service to daily. Qantas' Sydney-San Francisco service will be discontinued from 14-May-2011, with San Fransisco remaining part of the airline's network as a codeshare destination. Qantas added it plans to increase Sydney-Los Angeles frequency from six-times weekly to daily from Jun-2011 - see Route Changes Table for more information. [more]
Qantas: “This new service is great news for both Australian and American travellers. It will connect Qantas customers to one of the USA’s major hub airports, benefitting both business and leisure travellers. Flying to DFW is an important step for Qantas as we expand and improve our international services.” Alan Joyce, CEO. Source: Qantas, 14-Jan-2011.
Qantas: “Alongside our entry into DFW, Qantas and American Airlines intend to deepen their existing relationship and will be seeking regulatory approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other relevant authorities for this expanded commercial relationship,” Alan Joyce, CEO. Source: Qantas, 14-Jan-2011.