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Qantas Opens Its Schedule for New Melbourne to San Francisco Route

A Qantas A380 touches down in Sydney (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

Qantas has announced that September 1 will be the start date for its new Melbourne to San Francisco service, with ticket sales starting on Friday, January 19. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which Qantas hopes will allow it to maximize its margins given the aircraft’s long range and smaller size compared to larger aircraft like the Boeing 777 or 747. 

The airline has timed the departure of the flight to maximize customers’ time in each of the cities, as it will depart in the evening from Melbourne, and return back to the United States overnight.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster explained how this new route demonstrates a strong demand for travel to San Francisco, saying “We expect this flight to be popular with tourists and also corporate travellers looking to do business with San Francisco’s world-leading technology companies. With connections to 17 codeshare destinations including Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver, the new service also provides another gateway for Australians travelling into the US.” 

Qantas’ Dreamliner is in a three cabin configuration with 236 seats, featuring business, economy, and its next-generation premium economy seat. 

To accommodate this new four times weekly service, Qantas’ Melbourne to Los Angeles Dreamliner flights will decrease from six frequencies a week to two weekly. However, the airline will continue to operate daily Airbus A380 flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Route Flight Dep Time^ Arr Time^ Frequency Aircraft
MEL-SFO QF 49 2140** 1900 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun B789
MEL-LAX QF 95 2140** 1900 Mon, Fri B789
MEL-LAX QF 93 0905** 0635 Daily A380
SFO-MEL QF 50 2200 0630+2** Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun B789
LAX-MEL QF 96 2355 0825+2** Tues, Fri B789
LAX-MEL QF94 2255 0750+2** Daily A380

With the new route, Qantas will be the only airline to offer nonstop service to Melbourne from San Francisco. The airline also continues operating non-stop service between Sydney and San Francisco, with United being the only other airline connecting the two destinations directly. 

Samuel Chen


  • Samuel Chen

    Ever since he made his first trip on a Boeing 747 in 2005, Samuel has been an AvGeek at heart. He is a dedicated United (ex-Continental) loyalist and frequent flier who attempts to live by Continental's slogan, "Work Hard, Fly Right." He has a huge love for the Boeing 777 along with any other Boeing wide body aircraft. Samuel is an avid collector of all types of airplane memorabilia ranging from model airplanes to in-flight magazines. In his free time, Samuel enjoys playing guitar and piano, and he is constantly on various airline websites scanning for any breaking news.

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