Qantas launched its first international Dreamliner flights from Queensland this weekend with a daily service from Brisbane to Los Angeles and onwards to New York.
Four of the national carrier’s new Boeing 787-9s will be based in Brisbane, as the state-of-the-art aircraft gradually replaces the 747 on key routes. Dreamliner services from Brisbane to Hong Kong will start in December, with other destinations to follow.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said the carrier is looking at new Dreamliner routes: “The Dreamliner also opens up the potential to drive tourism to Queensland over the long term given the increased range of the 787.
“There are a number of new destinations we’re considering for new direct services from Brisbane, including Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the US, as well as Vancouver and cities in Asia.
Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive officer, Gert-Jan de Graaff said this weekend’s launch will open up a new world of opportunities in the tourism, trade, investment, business and education sectors for many years to come.