Cruise Antarctica, shed light on the Philippines or find feathered friends: Takeoff travel news
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Skip Los Angeles and head directly for the Golden Gate city as Qantas brings back direct flights between Sydney and San Francisco from December 20. The airline cut the route in May 2011, opting instead to fly to its hub at Dallas, Texas. Qantas says the direct flights will be welcomed by Silicon Valley’s corporate customers, but San Fran is also beloved by Australian holidaymakers. Around 20 per cent of the 1.2 million Australians to visit the US pop in to San Francisco, which is our fifth most popular city after Honolulu, New York, LA and Vegas. Qantas will fly Boeing 747s to San Fran six times a week, with lie-flat beds in business and a premium economy section. The flight is estimated at around 14 hours, and goes head-to-head with United Airlines’ daily flight. Meanwhile, Qantas’ partner and oneworld friend American Airlines will pick up an LASydney route from December 17. See qantas.com, aa.com, visitcalifornia.com.
The Takeoff travel news column by Belinda Jackson is published every Sunday in Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper's Traveller section.