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Wednesday 14 June 2023

A bite of the Big Apple: Qantas resumes flights to New York

Qantas has today resumed flights to New York, with services from Sydney taking off to the Big Apple for the first time in more than three years.

The launch of QF3 also marks a new route for Australia's national carrier with flights to New York operating via Auckland instead of Los Angeles.

Flights will initially operate three days per week using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, increasing to four from October.

Travelling on the inaugural flight, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airline was thrilled to be carrying Australians to New York once again.

“While the world has changed dramatically since the start of Covid, one thing that hasn’t changed is the lure of New York City,” he said.

“Since international borders re-opened, New York has been one of the most popular destinations for our customers who have been connecting on our partners from Qantas flights arriving into Los Angeles and Dallas, so it’s not surprising that we’ve seen very strong demand since our New York flights went on sale.

“The launch of the route has been made possible by the delivery of new 787 aircraft in recent weeks and brings us closer to returning our international capacity to what it was before Covid.”

The Qantas Group is expected to return to around 100 per cent of its international network pre-Covid capacity by March 2024, up from around 85% of pre-Covid levels today.

“The flights are great news for Australian tourism, helping to bring more visitors from the United States to explore the best of New South Wales and beyond with connections from Sydney across our extensive domestic network,” Joyce added.

“Flying via Auckland makes it easier for travellers from all parts of Australia to access New York, with the choice of 11 daily flights across the Tasman from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

“Offering more room and fewer seats than most of our competitors, the cabins onboard these aircraft have been designed with long-haul travel in mind.”

Qantas now operates three of the top five longest flights in the world, including Perth-London and Dallas-Melbourne.

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