American Airlines is Back in Australia After 23 Year Hiatus

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After a long break, the world’s biggest airline is back Down Under.

American Airlines just made its first trip to Australia in 23 years, according to Traveller. The airline is preparing to launch direct flights out of Sydney next month.

American Airlines executives joined partner Qantas to unveil their new Boeing 777-300ER offer for their Australian service, reports News.com.

The airlines have been partners since 1989, but this is the first time American Airlines has operated direct flights to and from Australia.

The daily service will operate out of Sydney. At this stage there are no plans to add other Australian cities to the American Airlines schedule, but CEO and Chairman Doug Parker said travellers could easily fly to connecting cities like Melbourne, according to News.com,

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the joint venture would help meet growing demand from US citizens, and carry more Australians to North America.

“This is a boom time for American tourism in Australia,” said Mr Joyce.

“More than half a million Americans visited Australia last financial year, spending over three billion dollars in the process.

“Together we will be championing Australia in the US to unlock the potential of the trans-Pacific market, providing customers with more destinations, a more co-ordinated network and world-class travel experiences.”

 

Parker said the Boeing 777 features personal HD entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, 160 TV programs, and more than 350 music selections and games. The aircraft also offers Wi-Fi capability, AC power outlets and USB ports in every cabin.

American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier, with a fleet of 1500 aircraft and 100,000 employees.

 

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