Flying a long distance across the world can be a challenge to say the least, especially if it includes several long stop-overs to break up the journey. But imagine getting it over with in one long haul?
Well, travelling to the US just became a whole lot easier, with Qantas announcing new direct flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco.
The new routes are expected to launch by the end of April 2020, pending approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT), and will add more than 170,000 seats across the Pacific each year, the airline said in a statement on Monday.
The flights from Brisbane to Chicago will take approximately 16 hours and 20 minutes and will run four times weekly, becoming the fourth-longest passenger flight in the world.
Meanwhile, the journey between Brisbane and San Fransisco will take 12 hours and 40 minutes and will operate three times weekly.
The new routes will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the launch of the new non-stop flights would be a win for customers and tourism.
“This is fantastic news for Queensland. It demonstrates the confidence that we have in the local tourism industry and our commitment to the Sunshine State,” Joyce said.
“This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access. These flights will make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville.
“These new services will connect both Australian business travellers and holidaymakers with key centres of commerce, industry and culture in the United States.”