Sydney | Published on 14th July 2015 at 12:19

SYDNEY, 14 July 2015:  Qantas customers can book direct flights to San Francisco for travel from 18 December 2015 with fares available for sale from today.

With a morning arrival into San Francisco and an overnight flight on the return to Sydney, Qantas’ schedule on the Sydney-San Francisco route means customers can make the most of their time in the city.

Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the launch of flights to San Francisco was the next step in the ongoing expansion of Qantas’ trans-Pacific network.

“Ties between Australia and the U.S. are stronger than ever and over the past 12 months we’ve added seats, opened new lounges and fine-tuned our schedule – including introducing our flagship A380 non-stop service between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth – to support the trans-Pacific travel market,” said Mr Evans.

“The announcement that Qantas would return to San Francisco really struck a chord with our customers and we’re looking forward to those first flights in December.

“We expect healthy demand from tourists but also from corporate travellers looking to do business with San Francisco’s world-leading technology companies,” said Mr. Evans

The publication of the schedule follows the interim authorisation received from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) last week for the expansion of the Qantas and American Airlines relationship.

Together with American Airlines, Qantas is delivering an enhanced network of 45 services per week across the Pacific and coordinated schedules that allow seamless connections to travel within the United States and Australia. Qantas will also soon offer codeshare services on American Airlines’ new Sydney-Los Angeles route using its state of the art B777-300ER aircraft, with the schedule and fares to be published in the coming weeks.*

To facilitate the new direct San Francisco services, Qantas’ Sydney- Los Angeles flights will move from double daily to ten per week and the airline’s Melbourne-Los Angeles flights will move from ten to nine services per week. Qantas’ Sydney-Johannesburg schedule will move from seven to six per week from 3rd February next year, with Johannesburg services operating every day except Wednesdays.

Customers with existing bookings on services impacted by the changes will be offered alternative flights to get them to their destination.

Qantas Sydney-San Francisco Schedule*

Fares are available via and through Travel Agents progressively from today.


Flight Depart Arrive Days^ Aircraft
QF73 Sydney-San Francisco 1500 0930 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun B747
QF74 San Francisco-Sydney 2325 0900+2 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun B747

Times above are for ADST (01NOV15 to 12MAR16).

^Effective 27 January 2016. Services will initially operate on peak days from 18 December 2015 and ramp up to permanent schedule of six per week in late January 2016.


Qantas and American Airlines codeshare schedule between Australia and the U.S.

Flight Route Depart Arrive Frequency Aircraft
QF11QF12 Sydney-Los AngelesLos Angeles-Sydney 11302230 06250830+2 Daily A380
QF17QF18 Sydney-Los AngelesLos Angeles-Sydney 18252335 13050915+2 Reduced from daily to three per week*** B747
QF93QF94 Melbourne-Los AngelesLos Angeles-Melbourne 11202215 06350905+2 Daily A380
QF95QF96 Melbourne-Los AngelesLos Angeles-Melbourne 15052335 10301000+2 Reduced from three to two per week. *** B747
QF15QF16 Brisbane-Los AngelesLos Angeles-Brisbane 11002350 06000755+2 Daily B747
QF11QF12 Los Angeles-New YorkNew York-Los Angeles 08201800 16302105 DailyFlight no. changed from QF18 to QF12. ** B747
QF73QF74 Sydney-San Francisco*San Francisco-Sydney* 15002325 09300900+2 Five per week, increasing to six per week*** B747
QF7QF8 Sydney-Dallas/Fort WorthDallas/Fort Worth-Sydney 15052010 13350605+2 Six per week. Services to increase to daily between 8 December 2015 and 19 January 2016. A380
AA Sydney-Los AngelesLos Angeles-Sydney Commencing 19 December 2015.Schedule available in coming weeks.


Times above are for ADST (01NOV15 to 12MAR16). Qantas flights to Honolulu and Vancouver are not included in the schedule summary above.

 * Subject to government and regulatory approval

**Changes to Australia-Los Angeles services take effect progressively from 18 December 2015. Los Angeles-New York flight number changed from QF18 to QF12 from 25 October 2015

*** Final schedule to permanently facilitate 6 weekly SYD-SFO services take effect from late January 2016