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Qantas heads back to the Big Apple as New York flights resume


While it may be via Auckland for now, Qantas’ return to New York City is prepping travellers for ultra-long Project Sunrise sectors.

Qantas is back in the air bound for New York JFK.

Qantas is back in the sky bound for New York City for the first time in three years, but with a difference – there’s no stop in Los Angeles this time.

Perhaps as something of a preview for what passengers can expect when Project Sunrise flights take off at the end of 2025, Qantas is instead heading to the Big Apple via Auckland, with the second sector running for 16 hours and 15 minutes.

Once the Flying Kangaroo takes delivery of its 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, the New Zealand city will also be in the rear-view mirror as Sydney and New York are connected directly for the first time.

For now, flight QF3 will operate three times per week, increasing to four from October, onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with the first sector to Auckland taking just over three hours before flyers settle in for the New York Marathon leg.

New York's array of highlights await Qantas travellers.

To celebrate the launch of the new routing to New York, Qantas will provide Business Class guests with limited edition pyjamas and amenity kits by Australian designer Rebecca Vallance, with New York inspired items featuring throughout the aircraft.

With the return of direct flights to New York, Qantas now operates three of the world’s five longest flights, among which are Melbourne to Dallas Fort Worth and the highly popular Perth to London service.

Singapore Airlines holds the other two, which both fly from two different airports in New York direct to Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said it was a thrill to be transporting flyers to New York once again on Qantas metal.

The lights and excitement make New York City a magical place to visit.

“While the world has changed dramatically since the start of COVID, one thing that hasn’t changed is the lure of New York City,” Joyce said.

“Since international borders re-opened, New York has been one of the most popular destinations for our customers who have been connecting on our partners from Qantas flights arriving into Los Angeles and Dallas, so it’s not surprising that we’ve seen very strong demand since our New York flights went on sale.

“The launch of the route has been made possible by the delivery of new 787 aircraft in recent weeks and brings us closer to returning our international capacity to what it was before COVID.

“Flying via Auckland makes it easier for travellers from all parts of Australia to access New York, with the choice of 11 daily flights across the Tasman from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Qantas is on track to restore around 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity across the network by early next year, with a gradual ramp-up program of flight frequencies beginning from October this year.

Part of this will see more A380s back in service flying between Melbourne and Los Angeles, which will increase from a daily service to nine weekly.


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 14 June 2023

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