MIAMI — An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER overflew this morning Sydney Harbor in Australia, in advance of the airlines’ new daily service from Los Angeles, scheduled to start on December 19. This marked the first time an American Airlines jet had flown scheduled into the South Pacific since previous unsuccessful attempts at services in the early 1970s and 1990s.
After arriving at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport, guests from media, aviation, corporate customers and sales agents were hosted by American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker and Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce – Both oneworld have created a joint venture for Australian and New Zealand flights. They toured the B777-300ER and experienced the all-aisle access, fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats and viewed the walk-up bar in the premium cabins. The aircraft had reportedly been ferried in from Hong Kong for the promotional appearance.
“Bringing our 777-300ER to Sydney demonstrates our commitment to Australia,” American CEO Doug Parker said from Sydney. “This visit is an important opportunity to showcase to Australian customers American’s world-class product.”
Last June, American Airlines launched Los Angeles – Sydney route, while its oneworld alliance partner, Qantas, announced the addition of a flight to Sydney from San Francisco, while reducing the frequency of its flights from Los Angeles.
“It was an incredible thrill to witness our Sydney Harbor flyover this morning and it is a proud day for the 100,000 employees at American to see our aircraft over the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge.” Parker said.
This week, American Airlines announced non-stop service between Los Angeles and Auckland, starting on June 25 and subject to regulatory approvals. The route will be served by the airlines’ most recent incorporation: The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.