Delta To Launch Brisbane Flights With A350

Delta has announced plans to launch flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane this December with its Airbus A350-900s

Delta has announced plans to expand its Australian presence on a seasonal basis with the upcoming service launch to Brisbane, Australia.

The route originates from Los Angeles and will commence on December 4, 2024, and operate thrice weekly through March 28, 2025.

Delta says the service will be operated by their four-class Airbus A350-900. As a result, customers will experience Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and lastly, Main Cabin.

Thanks to the service announcement, Delta will now serve two cities in Australia, with Brisbane joining the already existing Sydney. Delta says that as a result, customers will have ample opportunity to either explore Australia or enjoy what the Delta network has to offer from Los Angeles.

With this addition of Brisbane, Delta’s upcoming winter schedule will offer our customers up to 17 weekly flights between the U.S. and Australia. This marks our most extensive schedule to the South Pacific to date, and as we build our presence in the region, we know our customers will enjoy the enhanced experience consistently provided by Delta.

Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning.

Expansion To The Oceania

Delta’s new service to Brisbane underpins a continued service expansion towards Australia that was last boosted in the winter 2022 season. This season saw Delta boost frequency to Sydney by introducing a second flight towards Sydney.

Following the initial launch of a second frequency and that success, Delta announced that the flights would bump daily, and now the airline offers 14 flights per week to Sydney. Soon, there’ll be 3 flights per week for a handful of months towards Brisbane as the second destination.

Unfortunately for Melbourne, the city once again misses out on the service offered by Delta. This is a result that came only weeks after American Airlines announced they’d commence to Brisbane as well. Geographical positioning and aircraft availability at airlines such as Delta have often left Melbourne lacking regarding North American connections.

While the carrier focuses on the Brisbane launch, the airline also launched a daily service between Los Angeles and Auckland thrice weekly in October 2023.

Home Airlines Begin To Struggle

Expansions are also being seen at airlines such as United, which have put increased pressure on flag carriers such as Qantas and New Zealand. Thanks to a lack of available aircraft, United overtook Qantas in offering the most services between Australia and North America.

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand says it’ll be forced to adjust its future outlook and likely see poorer performance for the second half of the year as it battles increased competition.

Major U.S. carriers can expand so rapidly thanks to their large fleet, and customers often see them as a more compelling option, not just because of their price point but for other reasons.

These airlines offer an extensive network with greater access to domestic destinations, whether regional or other hubs, across the United States. As a result, they provide seamless connectivity using the West Coast as a base.

Flag carriers, therefore, such as Qantas and Air New Zealand, are being forced to closely watch the movements of Delta alongside the other two big airlines as they navigate more turbulent and competitive times.

Daniel Fowkes
24 Feb 2024
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