American Airlines launches Sydney service next month, and this past week they just announced new service to Auckland, New Zealand which will begin in June.
We’re just now learning about some special elements of American’s Sydney service, and about Qantas’ plans for new U.S. routes as a result of their enhanced relationship with American.
American is going to offer a better inflight product on their Los Angeles – Sydney flights. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
Already American’s Boeing 777-300ER which will serve the route has a better business class seat than what’s offered by Qantas (although the Qantas A380 serving Sydney – Los Angeles has a better first class).
Here’s the business class that American will be offering:
Unquestionably though Qantas offers the better first class.
American will offer pajamas in business class which matches Qantas. And they will offer improved coffee as well. As I know well from my Aussie family, they’re serious about coffee Down Under and mock what most of us Americans drink mercilessly. I’ve also heard that American has consulted with Qantas inflight dining on meal service as well.
I love my American Airlines pajamas. I have several pairs, and they’re my preferred ones to bring with me on other long haul flights that won’t offer PJs. They was well and they’re comfortable.
No word, though, on whether business class will get non-skid slippers for this flight.
Appearing at a joint event with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, the CEO of Qantas speculated that when they start receiving Boeing 787-9s in 2017 they could fly Melbourne – Dallas and Sydney – Chicago.
Doug Parker explained the simple reason why the joint venture — which has yet to receive approval in its new form — makes sense for both consumers and the airlines.
“Another great example of the joint venture is that we have different fleets that have different planes that do different missions,” said Parker.
“We can’t fly DFW to Sydney but Qantas can, and consumers get that benefit and we share in that. And we have the better airplane right now to fly LA-Auckland with the 787, so we serve that.
The new routes that Qantas is dangling, tied to their joint venture with American, could be designed to push for regulatory approval. But they’re also exciting. More capacity between the US and Australia would be great for consumers, driving down prices and even making award travel reasonably possible.