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Flying Kangaroo returns to the Big Apple

Latest News|Published 14 June 2023

Qantas will today resume flights to New York, with services from Sydney taking off to the Big Apple for the first time in more than three years, offering unparalleled opportunities for your customers. 

The launch of QF3 also marks a new route for Qantas with flights to New York operating via Auckland instead of Los Angeles. Flying via Auckland makes it easier for your customers from all parts of Australia to access New York, with the choice of 11 daily flights across the Tasman from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. 

Flights to New York will initially operate three days per week with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, increasing to four from October, offering more than 1,800 seats on the route each week. 

The launch of the route has been made possible by the delivery of new B787 aircraft in recent weeks and brings Qantas closer to returning our international capacity to what it was before COVID.  

The Qantas Group is expected to return to around 100 per cent of our international network pre-COVID capacity by March 2024, up from around 85 per cent of pre-COVID levels today. This is a significant increase from just 45 per cent 12 months ago.  

Qantas now operates three of the top five longest flights in the world, including Perth-London and Dallas-Melbourne, as we increase our focus on direct routes that are also among the most popular with customers. Qantas’ Perth to London service has the highest customer satisfaction rating on the international network.  

Teams across Qantas have been preparing for the launch, with an advanced cloud-based flight planning system that models flights paths, measuring flights times and winds, to determine the optimal route.  

To celebrate the launch of the new route, Qantas has introduced several customer initiatives onboard QF3 and QF4, including limited edition pyjamas and amenity kits designed by Australian designer Rebecca Vallance for your Business passengers and New York inspired menu items throughout the aircraft.

Qantas is also progressing plans for a major overhaul of our Auckland International Lounge as part of a $100 million investment in new and upgraded lounges. The lounge will offer more space and feature the best of local design, food and wine when it opens in mid-2024.  

Fast Facts: 

SYD-AKL Flight Time: 3 hours 5 mins 

AKL-JFK Flight Time: 16 hours 15 mins 

SYD-AKL-JFK Travel distance: 16,371 kilometres 

Qantas’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins in a layout that has been designed to maximise comfort for the longer distances.  

  • 42 Business suites in a 1-2-1 configuration with a fully-flat bed and direct aisle access 
  • 28 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration 
  • 166 Economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration 

Important information

Please ensure you check the latest government travel requirements before your customer's travel.