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Qantas’ San Francisco – Melbourne Flights Open for Business

January 22, 2018 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Qantas has announced the start date of Saturday, September 1, 2018 (U.S. Friday, August 31, 2018) for its new San Francisco to Melbourne service with fares available for sale from today.

With a morning arrival into Melbourne and an overnight flight on the return to San Francisco, Qantas’ schedule means customers make the most of their time in each city.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the new nonstop Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service reflects strong demand in travel to Australia from the popular Californian city.

“Qantas offers more nonstop flights to Australia from the U.S. than any other airline, and travelers can fly from Melbourne airport directly to more than 25 destinations across Australia and New Zealand on our network.

“We expect this flight to be popular with tourists and also corporate travelers looking to do business between Silicon Valley and Melbourne,” said Ms Webster.

San Francisco Airport Director, Ivar C. Satero said the airport was looking forward to welcoming travelers from Melbourne.

“In 1954 Qantas’ first flight between Australia and the U.S flew into San Francisco and we are thrilled that just over six decades later, Australia’s national carrier will fly into our city from Melbourne as well.

“This new route is great news for local tourism in San Francisco and also provides another direct option for those heading Down Under,” said Mr Satero.

The Qantas Dreamliner features 236 seats across three cabins including the Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and device charging outlets.

To facilitate the new direct San Francisco – Melbourne service, Qantas’ Los Angeles – Melbourne Dreamliner flights will move from six to two services per week. Qantas will continue to operate daily A380 flights between the Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Customers with existing bookings on services impacted by the changes will be offered alternative flights to get them to their destination.

Qantas’ new San Francisco – Melbourne and Los Angeles – Melbourne Schedule* Fares are available via qantas.com and through Travel Agents progressively from today.

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