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Qantas became the first airline to fly from New York to Sydney nonstop on Friday. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Vincenzo Pace)

Inside the Departure of Qantas’ First Nonstop Research Flight from New York to Sydney

Qantas launched its first research flight on Friday departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International and flying nonstop to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, the first flight ever to do so, as part of its Project Sunrise. The ultra-long-haul test flights are the first stage in the project that is set to end with the launch of nonstop passenger flights between Australia’s East Coast and New York and London. In coordination with the University of Sydney, the research flights from…

Onboard the Final Flight: Qantas Transfers Newly-Retired Boeing 747 to…

Continuing its gradual retirement of the type, Qantas parted ways with another Boeing 747-400 on Tuesday. The airline’s latest Boeing 747 to be sent to the United States was VH-OJU named Lord Howe Island, a near-20-year-old Qantas veteran and one of its longest-serving global ambassadors at the time of its…

Qantas to Operate 787 Dreamliner Between Sydney and Santiago

Qantas has announced that its service between Sydney and Santiago is the next route to be upgraded to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the carrier's latest twin-engine offering. Though still subject to regulatory approval, the service will also have an additional three flights per week to connect the two Southern Hemisphere…

Qantas to Operate 787 Dreamliner Between Sydney and Santiago

Qantas has announced that its service between Sydney and Santiago is the next route to be upgraded to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the carrier's latest twin-engine offering. Though still subject to regulatory approval, the service will also have an additional three flights per week to connect the two Southern Hemisphere…

New Sydney Airport Inks Agreement with Top Australian Airlines

The new Western Sydney Airport, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the airlines to give their advice on the new airport which is expected to open in 2026. Although the two airlines are rivals, the trio will collaborate on a range of issues,…

Longest Qantas Route Could Be Launched in 2023

Australian carrier Qantas will confirm its longest route, Sydney to London, by the end of this year. Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, revealed that the airline had asked both Boeing and Airbus to submit their “best and final offer” for an aircraft that can operate the longest route. The airline…

Sydney Airport Sees Softened Growth for First Quarter 2019

After a number of years of extraordinary growth in passenger volume, Sydney Airport is seeing subdued growth in passenger counts across the board. Earlier, the airport reported the figure from the first quarter of this year and announced that total revenue was 1.58 billion (1.1 billion USD) last year, a…

Out to Lunch: Qantas Shows Off First Class Offerings

Australian flag carrier Qantas is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of its partnership with chef Neil Perry, the man behind Rockpool restaurant and others in Sydney. To mark the occasion, Qantas invited AirlineGeeks to lunch in New York City last week with chef Perry creating the menu for the event. Lunch,…

A Look at the Celebrity Chef Menu at Qantas’ LAX…

Qantas has created a new a la carte menu for its customers to savor at its First Lounge at LAX for the fall season. The lounge menus are updated by Qantas seasonally to reflect the best seasonal produce from Californian farmers and fishmongers, and it’s also one of the best,…

A Changing of the Guard: Qantas Retires Legendary Boeing 747…

46 years after the first Qantas Boeing 747 graced the skies between New York and Los Angeles, the Australian flag carrier is retiring them on the route for good. Friday, Aug. 31 marked not only the last day of the month, but the final day of Qantas’ Boeing 747-400 from…