Qantas drops 747 from LAX, adjusts US route network

Australian flag carrier Qantas is set to remove the Boeing 747 from flights to Los Angeles from December 2018.

The move sees the ageing aircraft advance one step closer to retirement, with all jumbo jets on the route to be replaced by the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

From 4 December, Tuesday’s Sydney-Los Angeles Boeing 747 service (QF11/QF12) will be replaced by an Airbus A380, which will complete the roster of daily A380 services to Los Angeles from both Sydney and Melbourne.

The seasonal twice-weekly Sydney-Los Angeles service (QF17/QF18) will also be flown by an A380 during the December 2018 to January 2019 peak season.

As previously announced, Brisbane-Los Angeles and the Los Angeles-New York route shared by Sydney and Melbourne travellers will shift to a Boeing 787-9 as of 1 September 2018. This is also the date of Qantas’ inaugural Melbourne-San Fransisco Boeing 787 service.

Other changes to Qantas’ services to the US:

  • From 17 December, the Sydney-San Francisco (QF73/QF74) Boeing 747 flight will toggle to become a daily service;
  • Capacity on the Sydney-Honolulu service (QF3/4) will be increased during the holiday peak, from 7 December until Easter, by more than 300 seats each week. The Airbus A330-300 aircraft that normally operates on this route will be upgauged to a 747, offering customers the additional choice of Premium Economy on the popular holiday route;
  • From 4 February 2019, the now-daily Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth Airbus A380 service (QF7/8) will be cut to six times per week.

Adjusted Asia services

Qantas’ Asian network will also be facing some changes, with flights to Manila, Osaka Kansai, and San Francisco all seeing frequency increases, while those to Beijing will see reductions.

“The adjustments to our international network are part of our strategy of making the best use of our fleet and matching demand by having the right aircraft, on the right route, at the right time,” said Qantas.