Qantas to downgrade flight QF11 from Sydney to Los Angeles from an A380 to a Boeing 747

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Qantas Boeing 747. Source: Qantas

Qantas has announced that it will be cutting back its flagship A380 service on the Sydney to Los Angeles route. The route is currently operated daily by the A380 however from April 2016 this will be reduced to 6 times-weekly with the extra capacity being sent to Qantas’ other popular U.S. destination Dallas Fort-Worth which will see its operations shift to a daily flight from April, up from the current 6 times weekly it currently operates.

Currently Qantas flies its Airbus A380 daily from Sydney to Los Angeles operating under flight number QF11. Departing Sydney each morning and arriving into Los Angeles approx 6:30am on the same day of departure. The return flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, Qantas flight QF12, departs Los Angeles late in the evening at 10:30pm arriving into Sydney 2 days later early in the morning.

From late April, Qantas will no longer operate its flagship aircraft on what was previously one of its busiest routes on Tuesdays instead the QF11/12 services will be operated by the previous Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747. The extra A380 from the Tuesday service will instead operate to the Sydney to Dallas Fort-Worth flights under QF7/8 and taking its operating schedule from 6 times a week to daily from late April.

The biggest loss will be felt for those travelling in First class. Qantas retired their First cabin from 747s a couple of years ago instead replacing them with additional Business class seating. This will be frustrating for a number of frequent flyers who also used the opportunity to burn some of their points to upgrade from their business fare to the luxurious surrounds of Qantas First Class on their flagship A380. It will not be completely without downside for platinum grade frequent fliers, without any ticketed passengers travelling in First Class out of Los Angeles on Tuesday evenings the amazing Qantas First lounge will be that little bit quieter as only Platinum and Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to access the lounge prior to flying out of Los Angeles.

Qantas First Class Suite on its Airbus A380. Source: Qantas

Passengers travelling on QF11 and QF12 from April will also have an increased chance of flying on one of the few Qantas 747s which have yet to be retrofitted with A380 calibre seating. What this means is that the cabins and seats will be of the previous Business class which New York Concierge experienced first hand only a couple of months ago when returning from Los Angeles, and the difference in seat and overall space and privacy in the older generation SkyBed 1 is dramatic to its successor, and not in a good way.

Qantas has made a number of announcements this week regarding its US schedule. Including the decision to drop the second Sydney to Los Angeles service entirely from April.

In the past 6 months Qantas has dramatically altered is U.S. footprint including welcoming OneWorld alliance partner American Airlines onto their previously dominated Sydney to Los Angeles route they have also made the strategic decision to re-enter the Sydney to San Francisco market which they withdrew from in 2011.

From December Australian passengers will have more choice than ever when choosing a flight from Australia to the United States and onwards to New York with the following options:

Qantas

Sydney to Los Angeles 
with daily connections to New York
Daily 
Aircraft: Airbus A380 & Boeing 747
Sydney to Dallas Fort-Worth6 x weekly (daily from April 2016)
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Sydney to San Francisco6 x weekly 
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Sydney to Honolulu5 x weekly 
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Melbourne to Los Angeles9 x weekly 
Aircraft: Airbus A380 & Boeing 747
Brisbane to Los AngelesDaily 
Aircraft: Boeing 747

Virgin Australia

Sydney to Los AngelesDaily 
Aircraft: 777
Brisbane to Los AngelesDaily 
Aircraft: 777

American Airlines

Sydney to Los Angeles 
with daily connections to New York
Daily 
Aircraft: Boeing 777

United Airlines

Sydney to Los Angeles 
with daily connections to New York
Daily 
Aircraft: Boeing 777 (soon to be 787)
Sydney to San Francisco 
with daily connections to New York
Daily
Aircraft: Boeing 777 (soon to be 787)
Melbourne to Los Angeles 
with daily connections to New York
Daily
Aircraft: Boeing 787

Delta

Sydney to Los Angeles 
with daily connections to New York
Daily 
Aircraft: Boeing 777

Hawaiian Airlines

Sydney to Honolulu 
with daily connections to New York
Daily 
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Brisbane to Honolulu 
with daily connections to New York
3 x weekly 
Aircraft: Airbus A330

Air Canada

Sydney to Vancouver (Canada)Daily 
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Jase is the founder and editor of VisitingNewYork.com.au. His passion for New York runs deep, after purchasing a New York travel guide while in high school, it's been a love affair ever since. Having visited over 20 times for work and pleasure he decided to start VisitingNewYork.com.au to help other Aussie's who are planning their own New York adventure to ensure they get the most out of their trip to the greatest city in the world.

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