So long QANTAS. Last SFO flight departs Saturday

QANTAS 747-400 parked at SFO. (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

QANTAS 747-400 parked at SFO. (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

QANTAS will depart San Francisco International for Sydney for the last time tomorrow night, Saturday May 7. The flight departs at 11:10 pm.

QANTAS is moving the daily nonstop flight to Dallas/Ft Worth where it has close ties with Oneworld partner, American Airlines.

With QANTAS out of the SFO-SYD market, only United will offer nonstops on the route. One stop options from SFO include Air New Zealand via Auckland, or QANTAS via Los Angeles. I’m wondering if perhaps the newly named Virgin Australia may consider adding nonstops from Sydney to connect with SFO-based Virgin America. Stay tuned for more on that…

I’ll sure miss seeing that graceful kangaroo on the big red tail of the QANTAS 747 parked at SFO’s international terminal.

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SFO officials are sad to see it go, too. “We are sorry to see them go and we would warmly welcome back QANTAS in the future,” said airport spokesperson Mike McCarron.

I’ve been unable to get QANTAS officials in Los Angeles to make any sort of statement about its departure. SFO says that no formal farewell is planned.

So I guess the big Aussie bird will go quietly into the night tomorrow. A sad sight indeed.

How do YOU feel about QANTAS’ departure? Please leave your comments below!

  • chris

    Thank you Sally! Great comment.

  • http://www.sallydominguez.com Sally D

    I have been flying the Qantas SFO to Sydney route every 6-7 weeks for three years now and I am devastated that they have folded my direct flight and turned a decent 14 hr overnight into a 20 hour LAX-burdened ordeal. I flew my first SFO-LAX-SYD last week and AA would accept my Qantas Gold baggage allowance of 3 bags…..(OK its a lot but I had samples galore). THe upside - SFOs Terminal 2 is fabulous and at least Qantas now has a lounge at Tom Bradley. Small comforts…… Please come back Qantas, or come in Virgin A!

  • Duane

    I live in Oregon, but from Eugene, SFO is my one-stop connection to most places. Let’s hope the flying kangaroo returns to the Bay’s shore quickly.

  • Scott

    Very sad, indeed. I heard that the DFW flights are not doing too well, so would love to see them back at SFO if that goes away. But I think its sad because the United product is a dog and could use some serious ongoing competition. Hopefully VA will fill the gap.