QANTAS has announced a new non-stop service between Auckland and New York. The Boeing 787-9 service is set to debut on 14 June 2023, and sees the carrier return to the Big Apple for the first time since ceasing its SYD-LAX-JFK route with the onset of the pandemic.
Rather than connecting over Los Angeles, the new Auckland service will operate head-to-head with Air New Zealand’s non-stop New York services which are set to debut in the coming months – and which are already being heavily promoted in the USA.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the new service, designated as QF3/4, would initially operate three times per week, with the Auckland operation providing better connectivity from more destinations in Australia before an uninterrupted 16 hour flight to New York – essentially mimicking Air New Zealand’s pre-pandemic strategy of serving a variety of destinations in North and South America fed to a large extent from its Australian ports.
Joyce said the return to New York was being made possible by the delivery of new aircraft. “Customer feedback on our direct London and Rome services show how well suited our Dreamliner cabins are to longer international flights like these, which is helped by the fact we designed them with more room and fewer seats than most of our competitors,” he said.
The new Qantas Sydney-Auckland-New York flights are on sale effective immediately, and the carrier is also highlighting the route as an opportunity to burn frequent flyer points, with two Points Planes to operate in the first week, with all seats across every cabin available as a Classic Reward flight on the 16 June departure.
The new route will also help Qantas gauge demand for its long-mooted Project Sunrise non-stop services between Sydney and New York, which are being made possible by its ultra long-range Airbus A350s which are currently on order.