Australian travellers can now book direct flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco for the first time, with fares available for sale from today.
The new routes will be operated by the Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offering next-generation seating and built-in jet lag reducing features.
San Francisco flights will begin on 9 February 2020 and operate three times per week, complementing Qantas’ existing flights from Sydney and Melbourne and offering customers the choice of double daily Dreamliner services from Australia’s east coast to the popular Californian city.
Chicago flights will begin on 20 April 2020, operating four times per week. By flying direct, Qantas customers will save more than six hours on a return trip compared with today. The service also opens up a new Qantas gateway for Australians into North America, with access to onward destinations across American Airlines’ extensive network including to Canada and the North Eastern United States.
The announcement follows the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final approval of Qantas’ joint business with American Airlines which we reported on last week.
While there appears to be generous economy award availability for the new flights, we’re not seeing many seats in premium economy or business up for grabs. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this, and well send out an update if and when seats in premium cabins are released.
Will you be looking to fly one of these new routes?