Qantas seeks to add direct flights to Dallas
Posted on Wednesday 19 January 2011
By Dylan Thomas
In an effort to coordinate with American Airlines and its network, the Aussie airline Qantas has appealed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to allow it to drop direct service to San Francisco and replace it with service to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport - the main hub for American.
In the event that Qantas receives approval, direct flights to San Francisco would cease in May and be replaced by direct flights to Dallas, Texas, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Offering direct service to the hub of American Airlines would benefit the Aussie airline by allowing it to offer codeshare services to more than a dozen U.S. destinations, in addition to three in Mexico. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said that the change, which would be a step towards a stronger commercial relationship between Qantas and American, would benefit business and leisure travelers alike.
Qantas will fly from Sydney to Dallas four times a week if the alliance is approved, with plans to eventually offer daily service between Dallas and Australia. San Francisco would reportedly remain a codeshare destination for the Aussie airline.
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