Qantas and American Airlines have been given the OK to put on more flights to the US

Qantas First Class. Photo: Getty

Qantas and code share partner American Airlines will soon add more joint services to the US after approval from the competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The ACCC says its interim authorisation is likely to lead to more flights on the Sydney to Los Angeles route, and increased capacity and competition between Sydney and San Francisco.

“This is likely to result in benefits to passengers that wish to use these services,” says ACCC Commissioner Jill Walker.

Qantas says customers will soon be able to start booking direct flights from Sydney to San Francisco for travel from December 18.

The San Francisco services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six per week in January 2016 using newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft with similar interiors found on the A380s.

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