Qantas plans to expand US services

Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Photo: © Steve Lynes

Australian flag-carrier Qantas has announced plans to start two new services between Australia and the United States, after the Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively approved the joint venture agreement between American Airlines and Qantas earlier this month.

Once the pending cooperation between the US-American and Australian carriers is completed, Qantas intents to start a new route from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco respectively. The new services are expected to launch by the end of April 2020, subject to regulatory approval. Its new Brisbane to San Francisco service will complement Qantas’ existing flights from Sydney and Melbourne.

The Australian flag-carrier announced that the Brisbane-Chicago route is going to be the second longest flight in its route network, closely behind the Perth-London service.

Both newly presented routes are scheduled to be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline has recently replaced the Boeing 747-400 with 787 Dreamliner on its current US mainland services. Therefore, all of Qantas’ services to the US mainland are currently operated by either Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner or Airbus A380 aircraft. However, the Australian flag-carrier will continue to deploy Boeing 747-400 aircraft on its Sydney to Honolulu route.

At the moment, Qantas operates services between Australia and the US-American cities New York, San Fransisco, Dallas, Honolulu and Los Angeles. The long-haul services to the US are operated from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.