Qantas has announced that Brisbane will become the base for four Qantas 787-9 Dreamliners from mid-2018, at the same time hinting of new long-haul destinations for the airline.
Adding to its 58 direct international services each week, Qantas suggested in a statement that the carrier’s new jets could fly “non-stop to destinations such as Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the United States, Vancouver in Canada, as well as Asia”.
As well as opening a new International Business Lounge and new domestic lounge precinct at Brisbane airport, Qantas recently completed the reconfiguration of its A330 fleet at its Brisbane hangar and is installing wifi on a number of its 737 and A330 aircraft. The Qantas Club in Brisbane is also due to open in the coming months.
“Queensland is the birthplace of Qantas and it’s fitting that we will base four of our Dreamliners in the state,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said.
“The 787 offers a step-change for customers in terms of comfort and efficiency and we are pleased Queenslanders will be able to experience them direct from Brisbane.
“We’ve said that initially our Dreamliners will replace the routes that our older 747 fly but there are also new destinations we are looking at given the capability of the aircraft.
“A range of exciting options is on the table that will help drive tourism to the state and we look forward to making that decision in coming months.”
The four other Qantas Dreamliners will be based in Melbourne, serving the Melbourne–Los Angeles route from December 2017 and the Melbourne–London (via Perth) route from March 2018.