Qantas announces first Dreamliner service to LA

Sally McMullen 15 December 2017 NEWS

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The second 787-9 has been dubbed Waltzing Matilda and will open a new Melbourne-San Francisco route next year.

After the first 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Australia in October, Qantas has revealed the name and new route of its second Dreamliner today. The Waltzing Matilda will join the Great Southern Land and will also debut a new route from Melbourne to Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2018.

The Qantas Dreamliner will first kick off with six days a week on the 14-hour flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles, adding to the current daily A380 service between the two cities. It will then offer flights to San Francisco on some days of the week and to LA on the other days at a later date.

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“A significant number of our Melbourne passengers flying to Los Angeles already connect on to San Francisco. We also see strong demand from San Francisco, both from a tourism perspective and because of the business links between Melbourne and Silicon Valley,” said Qantas international CEO Alison Webster.

Travellers can purchase tickets for the new route from early 2018, with flights expected to start by late 2018. The Qantas Dreamliner hosts 236 seats across three cabins including the Business Suite, Premium Economy and Economy.

Qantas has so far taken delivery of two Boeing 787-9s, with two more aircrafts joining the fleet early in 2018. These flights will enable Australia’s first Perth to London flight. All eight aircraft will be delivered by the end of next year, with half based in Melbourne and the other half in Brisbane.

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