The first routes announced as part of American’s joint venture with Qantas were Qantas flying from San Francisco and Chicago to Bribane. American’s first two new routes were both to New Zealand: Dallas Fort-Worth – Auckland and Los Angeles – Christchurch. American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy Vasu Raja told me earlier in the month that he expected American expanded partnership with Alaska Airlines to provide feed at LAX that would support their Christchurch flight.
Yet when the joint venture was first announced I expected that an early route addition would be Dallas Fort-Worth – Brisbane. The head of the Brisbane airport expected it, too, and the CEO of Qantas International predicted their Boeing 787s made the most sense flying Brisbane to LA or Dallas.
Before Qantas began operating an Airbus A380 on the Sydney – Dallas route the flight was on a Boeing 747 and from Dallas to Sydney had to make a stop in Brisbane (but flew non-stop from Sydney to Dallas).
Brisbane Skyline, Credit: Kgbo via Wikimedia Commons
There’s no question Brisbane – Dallas is on the list of routes American Airlines is looking at. I’ve heard this myself. It would be great for me living conveniently to Dallas because Brisbane is a convenient drive out to see my cousin and his new daughter, saving me a connection from Sydney up to Gold Coast.
Now JonNYC is writing that Dallas Fort-Worth – Brisbane is a route to look for.
Things are so in flux now that I feel comfortable sneaking this in; the route in question is DFW-BNE.
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) February 28, 2020
An American Airlines source though tells me this isn’t on the table for starting service within the next year. They’ve just added South Pacific flying to New Zealand. They’ve made additional long haul flying announcements recently (Seattle – Bangalore). With uncertainty around coronavirus I’m not sure I’d expect to see imminent new long haul route announcements either.
If all goes well I wouldn’t be surprised by an announcement of this route in late 2020, but it also wouldn’t surprise me to see it in 2021 – since Australia routes generally begin in the fall rather than during the northern summer, and that would mean waiting until late 2021 for actual launch.