Qantas is set to boost flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles and between Sydney and Santiago from early next year, with the onward Los Angeles-New York flights also getting a shake-up.
The airline says the new schedule is geared to provide US-bound travellers with a choice between morning, noon and late afternoon departures from Australia.
Here's how the revamped timetable for 2015 shapes up.
From January 21, 2015, the Melbourne-Los Angeles route gets an extra three flights per week on a Boeing 747-400 (QF95/96) on top of the already-daily Airbus A380 service (QF93/94).
QF95 will leave Melbourne at 5:45pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, landing in Los Angeles at 3pm that afternoon.
The QF96 return leg departs LAX at 8:30pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays, to reach Melbourne at 5am two days later.
Qantas' added attention to Melbourne-LAX follows Virgin Australia's decision to abandon its Melbourne-Los Angeles flights from October 21st, while United Airlines will begin a direct Boeing 787-9 service between Melbourne and LAX on October 28.
The daily Sydney-Los Angeles Boeing 747 flight QF107/108 gets a new number and a new timeslot.
As of February 1, 2015 the flight becomes QF17/18.
QF17 will depart Sydney at 5.30pm instead of QF107's current 9.50am wheels-up, which means it will land in LAX at 2.10pm rather than 6.30am.
While that change will prove much better for beating jetlag it means passengers will no longer be able to jump onto the onwards Qantas flight to New York, with connections instead to be offered on Qantas partner American Airlines.
From Los Angeles to Sydney QF18 retains the same timetable as QF108, with an 11:50pm departure from LAX reaching Sydney at 7.35am two days later.
Also as of February 1st the flagship A380 flight of QF11/QF12 will shift to a morning departure from Sydney to take over the slot occupied by QF107 and allow passengers to join the onwards Los Angeles-New York flight.
That means QF11 will leave Sydney at 9:50am and touch down in Los Angeles at 6:30am on the same calendar day.
There's almost no change to the return run of QF12, which is wheels-up from LAX at 10:05pm to reaching Sydney at 6:30am two days later.
The daily Sydney-New York service will officially end on February 1, with that cross-country leg of what's today QF107 being handed over to the Boeing 747 flight from Brisbane.
Brisbane-Los Angeles-New York
From February 1 2015 you'll be able to fly from Brisbane to the Big Apple, with the QF15/16 Boeing 747 service picking up the US transcontinental leg that fell to QF107/108 before that Sydney flight was re-timed.
The Brisbane-Los Angeles timings of QF15 and QF16 remain the same.
Los Angeles-New York
Passengers from Sydney (on QF11) and Melbourne (QF93) will change onto QF15 to scoot from Los Angeles to New York's JFK airport.
After a short stopover at LAX QF15 will continue to New York, departing LAX at 8:55am to arrive into JFK airport at 5:50pm.
QF16 heads out of New York at 6:45pm, touches down in Los Angeles at 9:40pm, then jets off to Brisbane two hours later for its usual 6.55am arrival.
Santiago will also gain a fourth weekly Boeing 747-400 service on Fridays from February 20 2015 – up from three flights per week at present.
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