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October 8, 2014 Destination North America, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australia is poised on the brink of a new boom in tourism to the USA. Seamless access to new US points – and a likely fare war in the offing – are set to ramp up visitor numbers.

For decades, Australian visitors to the US mainland have concentrated on California and the West Coast – largely because Los Angeles has always been the prime gateway to the US from the Pacific.

Now, Qantas is flying A380s directly into Dallas-Fort Worth and Virgin Australia and its US alliance partner Delta have extended their code sharing to flights between Los Angeles and Kansas City, Raleigh Durham and Nashville. unnamed (13)

That will make it easier than ever for Australians to travel seamlessly beyond the West Coast and discover bright new regions of the USA – with trips heading out of states like Texas and Tennessee.

“We’ve already carried more than 300,000 passengers on the Dallas/Fort Worth route and we’re confident the introduction of the A380 will attract more travellers and introduce more Americans to Sydney and Australia,”  Qantas Executive Manager International Sales, Stephen Thompson, commented last week.

“The new service will mean an additional seat capacity of more than 10% each week and we will continue to work with our partners to boost visitor numbers from this important market.

“We will also continue to broaden our reach across the US with our partner American Airlines, who connect travellers to our services from more than 100 destinations across North America, with each major city less than four hours from Dallas/Fort Worth.

“The Qantas flight schedule for Americans travelling to Australia has never been better. We now offer more than 40 return services per week between the States and Australia, with half of those operated by A380 aircraft,” Thompson said.

In response, Virgin Australia is promoting the fact that its customers, and those of Delta, can now fly from Australia to Nashville, Kansas City and Raleigh/Durham “as part of the alliance’s continued commitment to strengthening its footprint in the US market”.

Launched in 2011, the growing alliance between the two airlines now offers Australians access to over 245 destinations across North and Central America.

Flights between Los Angeles and Nashville will operate daily, Los Angeles to Kansas City services will operate twice a day and 10 flights per week will be available on the Los Angeles to Raleigh/Durham route.

Virgin Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer, Judith Crompton said: “Our international network continues to expand and we now offer Australians the ability to fly to more than 450 destinations around the world. Thanks to our strong alliance with Delta Air Lines we now have over 245 codeshare and interline destinations available to our customers.

“We continue to work with our partners to ensure we offer a growing international network that meets the needs of our business and leisure customers. These three new destinations in North America are a very exciting addition to what is a very important market for us.

“The convenient direct services to and from Los Angeles will give Virgin Australia customers greater direct connections between all three cities in the US and our inbound travellers more access to the Virgin Australia’s domestic and international network.”

Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines fly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane into Los Angeles allowing customers to connect onto Delta Air Lines’ extensive North and Central American network.

Meanwhile, tourism from Australia to Hawaii is doing well and should continue to do so – Australians love the place. Tourism to California will do likewise.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Gimme a break, Peter. Codesharing is the greatest waste of space in travel, and so-called seamless connections has not and never will happen. All codeshares do is allow airlines to pass the buck. For instance, if you’re on a QF/AA codeshare and it gets cancelled, AA will say you’re a QF passenger so complain to them and QF will say, it’s an AA operated flight so complain to them. Codeshares do nothing but confuse passengfers and cause more problems than they saave. So the fact that VA anbd DL have extended their codeshare agreement does absolutely nothing for the good of passengers.

  2. Peter Needham says:

    There is truth in that. I must admit that my own preference in long-haul travel is ideally one aircraft, or failing that one airline, or failing that two airlines.

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