Queenslanders flew direct from Brisbane to San Francisco for the first time yesterday, with Qantas operating a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a brand-new route.
The 12-hour 40 minute, 11,367km Brisbane to San Francisco (QF59) service marks the first time the River City and the Bay City have been linked by non-stop flights.
Qantas currently operates daily direct flights from Sydney to San Francisco and four times a week from Melbourne to San Francisco. The new Brisbane flight will operate three days a week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
In April, Qantas will start flying from Brisbane to Chicago as it adds another unique route to its network using the Dreamliner.
Qantas will continue to promote Queensland destinations in the US market throughout the year to encourage American visitors to Australia, highlighting many iconic Aussie destinations like the Great Barrier Reef, which were not impacted by the heavily reported bushfires.
Both flights will be cross promoted by Qantas partner American Airlines in the US, which is the world’s largest airline.
Passengers transferring between domestic and international terminals at Brisbane will benefit from an increase in terminal transfer bus services during the morning peak period to cater for the additional customers coming off the new US services.