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
"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
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
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.