Exclusive: American Airlines confirms Sydney return in October


Wayfarer and HM can exclusively reveal that American Airlines has confirmed plans to return to Sydney from Los Angeles on October 26, in a major boost for trans-Pacific travel. James Wilkinson reports.

The daily flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 and will mark the return of one of the world’s favorite airlines to Sydney after a six-month hiatus due to delays in Dreamliner deliveries.

The news comes as Americans also prepare to return to New Zealand in the form of new direct services from Auckland to Dallas, also operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, from October 28.

Speaking exclusively to Wayfarer and HM in London this week (September 12), American Managing Director – Europe and Asia-Pacific Operations Rhett Workman said the carrier was delighted to return to Australia and debut on the Dallas-Auckland route.

“We are incredibly excited to launch our new Auckland-Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) route,” he said.

“DFW is a great starting point for travelers to explore more parts of North America and beyond, providing customers with access to nearly 800 daily flights to more than 235 destinations around the world.

“We look forward to welcoming Auckland passengers as we help open them up to new adventures with American Airlines.

“We also look forward to working again with our partners at Auckland Airport, with whom we will strive to create a more sustainable and seamless travel experience for our customers…by working closely with the airport, we will implement new ground procedures that will reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality at the airport,” said Workman.

The return to Australia and New Zealand comes at an exciting time across Asia-Pacific for the carrier, with flights to Japan also being boosted.

“Asia-Pacific is an important market for us, so we are pleased to be able to welcome Auckland back to our growing number of international routes, especially as travelers look to make up for lost travel time in recent years.” , did he declare. Traveler and HM.

“We continue to expand our operations into new markets and expand existing routes, many of which allow Asia-Pacific travelers to experience all that American Airlines has to offer.

“In October we have the launch of our Auckland-Dallas-Fort Worth route, the relaunch of Sydney-Los Angeles, and our Tokyo Haneda operation will see four daily flights as the country begins to travel more freely,” it said. -he declares.

The Asia-Pacific expansion follows a phenomenal summer in the Northern Hemisphere for Americans, with a boom in transatlantic travel.

“This summer in Europe has been one of the busiest travel seasons we’ve seen in several years,” Workman said. “With the world almost opening up, travelers who have spent a few years at home, unable to leave, have wanted to make the most of their summer abroad.

“We are currently operating more than 50 daily flights across the Atlantic from Europe to cater for the growing number of passengers traveling to the United States.”

After London Heathrow, the largest U.S. transatlantic market, Workman said the busiest European ports this summer for boardings were Madrid, Rome and Paris.

It’s no secret that global travel has been fueled by leisure travelers in recent months, but he said he was confident the business sector would restart.

“We’re really encouraged by what we’re seeing in business travel,” Workman told Wayfarer and HM. “Small and medium-sized businesses and customers with a mix of business and leisure behaviors continue to lead the way.

“Corporate customers are also returning to the air, and overall revenue from business customers and travelers displaying traditionally professional behaviors is now fully back to 2019 levels.”

American’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners operating to Sydney and Auckland will have a four-class configuration that includes Flagship Business, Premium Economy, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin.

Wayfarer can also confirm that American will upgrade some Sydney services in December to the Boeing 777-300ER, which also features the carrier’s Flagship First cabin, which offers one of the largest spaces on flights between Australia and United States.

To find out what you can expect on board, check out Wayfarer’s Flagship Business review in the YouTube video above.


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