Qantas strategy may see US services axed

US destinations are currently under scrutiny at Qantas

As part of its international network review to be announced on 24 August, Qantas may be forced to ground flights between Los Angeles and New York as it looks to stem losses on its unprofitable routes.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), whilst services between the US east and west coasts are the most likely to be grounded, Qantas may also stop flying to Buenos Aires, Honolulu and Mumbai.

However, given its duopoly with South African Airways on the profitable Australia-Johannesburg route, it is unlikely the carrier will shelve these services, the newspaper reported.

“It’s more surgical than widespread,” an insider said of the route cuts, suggesting changes to international services will not be as significant as predicted.   

Should the airline axe its US east coast-west coast services, Oneworld partner American Airlines will most likely provide the connecting flights between LA and NY.  

“No decisions have been taken about individual routes and any suggestion otherwise is speculation,” a Qantas spokesman told the newspaper, declining to comment further.

Services between Auckland and Los Angeles are also facing the chopping block, with Jetstar, who have been flying to Hawai’i for the past five years, looming as the likely replacement on the route.

The low cost carrier is also said to be considering San Francisco as a possible US mainland destination.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
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