Qantas Plans To Launch Direct Flights From Brisbane to Chicago And San Francisco
The new flights are expected to start taking off in April 2020 in partnership with American Airlines, and will mark the first time ever that there have been direct flights to Chicago from Australia.
When the service starts, Qantas will be flying from Brisbane to Chicago four times a week, and heading to San Francisco three times a week. The partnership between Qantas and American Airlines has been tentatively approved by the relevant authorities and is awaiting final approval before flights go on sale, likely in coming weeks.
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So just how much quicker will these new direct flights be? We’re talking about saving more than six hours of travel time on a Brisbane to Chicago return trip. When Chicago has so many amazing foodie experiences waiting for you, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars for all the extra time you can get in the Windy City.
Chicago also acts as a gateway to the rest of the United States, letting Qantas passengers connect to more than 200 onward destinations from Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth.
“This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access, “said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “These flights will make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville.”
Both services will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and will add more than 170,000 seats to the Qantas network each year.
They join Qantas’ existing direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to San Francisco, meaning Aussies have more options than ever for American getaways – whether you’re there for food, sport or to visit Disney’s new Star Wars theme park.
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