Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
The Australian carrier did not give a start date, saying only that it anticipated the San Francisco-Melbourne flights to start “by late 2018.”
The Melbourne route will compliment Qantas’ existing San Francisco service to Sydney, which the airlines fly with Boeing 747s.
Qantas Airways also revealed that its newest San Francisco plans as it gets set to put its new 787s into international service for the first time Friday. That’s when the airline begins deploying the planes on its route between Los Angeles and Melbourne.
This new 236-seat Dreamliners will fly six days a week on the 14-hour L.A.-Melbourne service.
Those flights will be in addition to the carrier’s existing daily service between the cities on its 484-seat Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft.
Qantas went public with its intention to add San Francisco-Melbourne non-stops, its schedule plans remain vague. Noting that it will now be flying 13 flights a day between Melbourne and L.A., the airline said that capacity between the U.S. and Melbourne will be rebalanced to match demand for the two Californian cities.