Qantas has resumed service between Sydney and New York-JFK via Auckland with the inaugural flight taking off for the first time in over three years on Wednesday (June 14th). The route will initially operate three times weekly with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
On Wednesday (June 14, 2023), Qantas celebrated the relaunch of service between Sydney and New York-JFK for the first time in over three years. The route will now operate via Auckland instead of Los Angeles. Initially, the service will operate three times weekly with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, increasing to four weekly flights from October 2023. The Qantas Group expects to return to around 100 percent of their international network pre-pandemic capacity by March 2024, up from around 85 percent today.
Traveling on Wednesday’s inaugural resumed flight between Sydney and New York, Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said,
“While the world has changed dramatically since the start of COVID, one thing that hasn’t changed is the lure of New York City. 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 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. 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.”
Fast Facts on Qantas' Resumed Service Between Sydney and New York-JFK via - Courtesy Qantas
With the resumed service, Qantas now operates three of the five longest flights worldwide, including Perth-London and Dallas-Melbourne. Celebrating the launch of flights between Sydney and New York-JFK (QF3/QF4), Qantas has introduced a number of guest experience initiatives, including limited edition pyjamas and amenity kits by Australian designer Rebecca Vallance for Business Class, as well as New York-inspired menu items across all cabins. The carrier is also planning a major overhaul of their Auckland lounge, which will reopen in mid-2024 with more space and will feature the best of local design, food and wine.