Qantas announced in August that it will resume flights to New York, which have been suspended for three years. The route will be Sydney-Auckland-New York, with a new route between Australia and the Big Apple via Auckland from 14 June 2023.
Qantas has confirmed it will take delivery of three more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as soon as next year after pausing deliveries in May 2020. The airline currently has eleven of the 236-seat widebody planes, which it flies to London, New York, LA and San Francisco. With the launch of QF3 and QF4, Qantas will return to New York three days a week in the first instance, after a hiatus since May 2020 because of COVID. Its Boeing 787 Dreamliners will operate the flights.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
It will offer optimum comfort and space for every passenger, which is the essence of the Qantas Dreamliner’s design, which has 236 seats – fewer than most other aircraft of its type. The aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to reduce turbulence, improve noise quality and reduce aircraft vibration for a smoother flight. Each seat has been designed to provide the ultimate comfort for long-haul travellers. The aircraft has 42 Business, 28 Premium Economy and 166 Economy seats. Qantas currently uses its Dreamliners to offer six daily flights to Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement, “flying via Auckland would provide better connectivity from more destinations in Australia before an uninterrupted 16-hour flight to New York.
“We’re back flying to most of our pre-COVID destinations, a fantastic achievement by our teams and so crucial for Australians reconnecting with the rest of the world. We can’t wait to return to New York, and it’s made possible by the delivery of new aircraft, which have been caught up in delays that have impacted many airlines.”
Longest Flight in the World
Qantas and Air New Zealand have entered into an intense competition. The two Oceanian airlines will each operate three flights a week on this route, which takes about 16 hours, and the return trip will take 17.5 hours, making it one of the longest flights in the world. Air New Zealand flies to New York three times a week, on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and Qantas will operate flights to New York on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Qantas has taken a significant step forward with the launch of Project Sunrise, its goal to establish direct flights between Australia, New York, London, Miami and Chicago. Qantas will also launch non-stop flights between Sydney and New York in 2025, which will take about 20 hours.
Airlines are reinstating flights and routes suspended during the pandemic to meet increased demand as travel restrictions are lifted.
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