Qantas announced that it will commence nonstop flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco.
The routes are dependent upon approval of a joint business agreement the carrier signed with fellow oneworld carrier, American Airlines.
If approved, the routes will be operated using Qantas’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and will be launched by April 2020.
The Brisbane to Chicago route will be a first for Qantas and would be operated four times a week. With Chicago being a hub for American, the new service will give Qantas customers plenty of options to additional destinations within the U.S.
Brisbane to San Francisco will be operated three times per week and will add to existing flights from San Francisco to Sydney and Melbourne.
“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,” said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas in a press release.
With the new business agreement and routes, American travelers will also plenty of options when it comes to exploring Australia.
“This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access. These flights will make it ones stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville,” added Joyce.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland also stated that the new routes would add more than $150 million ($102.8 million USD) into Queensland’s economy over the new three years.
According to Qantas, the Brisbane to Chicago route will be the fourth-longest in the world and will take approximately 16 hours and 20 minutes.