Qantas announces direct AKL-JFK flights and upgrade to Auckland lounge
- August 25, 2022
Flights commence on 14 June 2023 on B787 Dreamliner
Qantas has announced that it will commence flights to New York, with a new service from Australia to the Big Apple via Auckland from 14 June next year*.
QF3 and QF4 will the airline return to New York three days a week initially, after a three-year COVID-induced hiatus. Flights will be operated by its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with three new aircraft scheduled for delivery next year.
Qantas will fly two Points Planes in the first week, with all seats across every cabin available as a Classic Reward flight on QF3 and QF4 on 16 June. Points Plane connections will also be available for Frequent Flyers based in Brisbane and Melbourne to use Classic Rewards for their trans-Tasman flights.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said flying via Auckland would provide better connectivity from more destinations in Australia, before an uninterrupted 16 hour flight to New York.
“We’re back flying to most of our pre-COVID destinations, which is a fantastic achievement by our teams and so important for Australians reconnecting with the rest of the world.
“We think this route will be very popular with Australians given the opportunity to connect via Auckland and it also gives New Zealanders more choice”, said Alan.
Sydney-Auckland-New York flights are on sale from today. Qantas currently operates six daily services to Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne which will increase to 11 daily services when the new flight to New York launches.
Auckland Qantas Lounge Upgrade
Qantas will completely redesign and expand its existing lounge precinct at Auckland International Airport to provide a modern pre-flight oasis for customers travelling to-and-from Australia as well as on the new Auckland-New York service.
The existing two lounge space will be combined and redeveloped into a single Qantas International Lounge and include a footprint expansion into an adjacent space to increase total capacity by around 40 percent from 244 seats to 340 seats.
The lounge will offer a number of features specifically tailored for long haul travel, based on positive feedback from other parts of its network.