Qantas Flight 73 arrived last week into San Francisco from Sydney, marking the Flying Kangaroo´s return to the route, the company said.
Qantas´ non-stop San Francisco-Sydney services will ramp up to six services per week in January 2016. All flights will be operated by a Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the same style interiors that feature on the airline´s flagship A380s, enabling customers to experience the best of Australia in each of its Economy, Premium Economy and flagship Business Class cabins.
A special menu has been designed for the route with customers in Business and Premium Economy enjoying a Ricotta, pea and prosciutto calzone. The dish is inspired by Chef Alice Waters from the San Francisco restaurant, Chez Panisse, which shares Qantas´ food philosophy in striving for sustainable produce and focusing on dishes showcasing the season´s best ingredients. Business customers traveling to and from San Francisco will also be the first to experience Qantas´ new Kate Spade and Jack Spade amenity kits.
The new service has been made possible by an expanded commercial partnership between Qantas, Australia´s national carrier, and American, the world´s biggest airline, to form part of a broader trans-Pacific network spanning Australian, New Zealand and the United States.
Qantas operated its first Trans-Pacific service in May 1954 flying a Super Constellation from Sydney to San Francisco (and onward to Vancouver) via Nadi, Canton Island and Honolulu. It operated its first Trans-Pacific Jet Service in July 1959 flying a B707 from San Francisco to Sydney via Nadi and Honolulu. San Francisco is the top onward destination for Qantas corporate customers beyond the airline´s existing network.