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American to start flights to Australia
American and Qantas are expanding their partnership, strengthening the 25 year relationship between the two airlines.
The two airlines announced on Tuesday their intentions to grow the transpacific market by 9% with new flights. Doug Parker and Alan Joyce, CEOs of American and Qantas, respectively, were at a press conference in Miami to make an announcement.
This December will see the United States and Australia getting two new connections. American Airlines will start its first flights to Australia in nearly 25 years, and Qantas will reopen a US market.
Beginning December 17, American Airlines will join several airlines on the Los Angeles-Sydney market. The new daily flight will be operated by the airline's 777-300ER. On December 20, Qantas will restart San Francisco-Sydney flights, which will operate on "peak days" until January, when it will operate six times weekly. Boeing 747-400s will take on the route.
Both routes are subject to regulatory approvals.
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