Qantas Airways Introduces First-Ever Non-Stop Flights Between Los Angeles and Brisbane

Los Angeles, 16 June 2004 :

Qantas Airways commenced non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Brisbane effective June 16, 2004, making Brisbane the most convenient gateway to the Great Barrier Reef for U.S. travelers. This is the first time any airline has offered non-stop scheduled services on this route.

"With the inauguration of the new Los Angeles-Brisbane flights, Qantas will provide American passengers with easier access to tourist attractions throughout Queensland, including the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world," said Howard Goldberg, Qantas vice president sales, The Americas. "With convenient onward connections from Brisbane to Cairns, Qantas' new services offer travellers the opportunity to enjoy more time at their favorite destinations. We look forward to continually setting the highest standards for travel by providing the first-ever non-stop flights to the Sunshine State on this route," he added.

Qantas will operate non-stop Boeing 747-400 Los Angeles-Brisbane services each week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight QF 176 will depart from Los Angeles at 11:20 pm and arrive in Brisbane at 6:20 am, plus two. Flight QF 175 will depart Brisbane at 11:40 am and arrive in Los Angeles at 7:30 am the same day.

The new services are in addition to daily flights between Los Angeles and Brisbane via Auckland, increasing the number of flights on this route to 10 per week. For further convenience, these flights will also connect with the weekly QF 108 and 107 services that operate between New York City and Los Angeles on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Over the past six months, Qantas has significantly boosted capacity between Australia and the United States, and from next month, will offer more scheduled services between Los Angeles and Australia than ever before.

Only Qantas Airways offers seamless connections from North America to 50 cities in Australia and five cities in New Zealand. As a world leader in air travel, Qantas offers the only in-seat entertainment system on flights to the South Pacific.

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