With the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft expected to take place later this week, Australian-based Qantas announced the aircraft’s third expected route, Brisbane to Los Angeles. The flights featuring the new aircraft are expected to begin by the end of 2018.
The delivery ceremony is expected to take place on Oct. 17 at Boeing’s main factory in Everett, Washington. The plane will fly from there to Honolulu before continuing on to Sydney after some time on the ground in Hawaii.
The route is currently operated by Boeing 747-400 which continues on to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline says the flight will still continue onto New York after the stop in Los Angeles. The airline does not have rights to sell tickets from Los Angeles to New York, so all passengers are connecting passengers.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement that the newest addition to its fleet will “drastically improve” economics of the connecting leg between Los Angeles and New York.
The airline’s other two planned 787 routes include Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to London. The first route is planned to launch in December of this year, with the Perth route expected in early 2018.
Joyce also said in a statement, “In addition we want to fly somewhere new in the states – that could be Seattle, it could be Chicago, it could be Dallas.”
Qantas currently has orders or options for 45 of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft, but could potentially be looking for more if Joyce is to be trusted.
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