Qantas ready to reinstate N.Y.-Sydney weekly flights

LOS ANGELES -- Qantas Airways will reinstate flights on Feb. 27 from New York to Sydney, Australia, using 747 aircraft.

The three weekly flights, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, were discontinued Nov. 25 "due to a sharp and continuing deterioration in the international aviation industry," according to the airline.

"We're taking one of our planes that sits overnight in Los Angeles and flying it to [Kennedy Airport]," said Steve Kernaghan, marketing manager for Qantas in El Segundo, Calif.

Kernaghan said the carrier offers two daily flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, one daily Los Angeles-Melbourne, Australia, flight and one daily Los Angeles-Auckland, New Zealand-Melbourne flight.

It also has flights five times a week from Honolulu to Sydney using 747 and 767 aircraft.

Meanwhile, Qantas started refitting its 24 747 aircraft with new interiors.

The airline has already updated the interior of one of its 747s, which is used on its Sydney-Hong Kong route.

By next fall, all 747s will have in-seat telephones in all classes; new seat fabric, carpet and curtains in all classes; power outlets for laptop computers in first and business classes, and seatback video screens in economy class.

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