- All Qantas Los Angeles services shift to Airbus A380 or Boeing 787-9
- Sydney-Dallas superjumbo drops to six days a week
- Sydney-San Francisco goes daily
A redraw of Qantas' international network sees the ageing Boeing 747 move closer to retirement with all jumbo jets pulled from flights to Los Angeles as of December 2018, in favour of the Airbus A380 superjumbo and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
From 4 December, Tuesday's Sydney-Los Angeles Boeing 747 service (QF11/QF12) will be replaced by an Airbus A380, which will complete the roster of daily superjumbos to Los Angeles from both Sydney and Melbourne
The seasonal twice-weekly Sydney-Los Angeles service (QF17/QF18) will also be flown by an A380 during the December 2018 to January 2019 peak
As previously announced, Brisbane-Los Angeles and the Los Angeles-New York route shared by Sydney and Melbourne travellers will shift to a Boeing 787-9 as of 1 September 2018 (this is also the kick-off date for the new Melbourne-San Francisco Boeing 787 service).
Also, starting 4 February 2019, the now-daily Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth Airbus A380 service (QF7/QF8) will be cut to six times per week.
However, from 17 December the Sydney-San Francisco (QF73/QF74) Boeing 747 flight will toggle to become a daily service.
Also following through from the Roo's reshuffle announced this morning:
- from 7 December 2018 to late April 2019 the Sydney-Honolulu service (QF3/QF4) will switch from an Airbus A330-300 to a Boeing 747. That means more seats and the option of premium economy on the popular leisure route, but sees business class drop from the latest Business Suite design to the older Skybed seats.
- Sydney-Manila (QF19/QF20) will become a daily Airbus A330 service from 28 October
- Sydney-Osaka (QF33/QF34) will tick up to four flight a week from 7 December
- Sydney-Beijing (QF107/QF108) drops to five times per week from 28 October, "removing flights on lower demand days of Tuesday and Thursday" according to Qantas.
Tickets for all new services are expected to progressively become available from today.