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August 31, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Qantas has confirmed that it will base half of its fleet of eight B787-9 Dreamliners in Brisbane, bringing 470 new jobs to the city and opening up a range of new potential international routes.

The first of Qantas’ eight Dreamliners will be delivered from Boeing in late October this year, and the first to be based in Brisbane will arrive in mid-2018. All four Brisbane-based aircraft will be in place by the end of 2018.

Qantas has said that initially the Dreamliners will replace the routes that older 747s currently fly but there are also new destinations the airline is looking at given the capability of the aircraft.

Qantas B787-9 Dreamliner

“A range of exciting options is on the table that will help drive tourism to the state, and decisions will be made in coming months,” the airline stated yesterday.

From Brisbane, the Qantas Dreamliner is capable of flying non-stop to destinations such as Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the United States, Vancouver in Canada, as well as Asia.

In 2016 Qantas opened its new International Business Lounge at Brisbane Airport and opened a new domestic lounge precinct with a Business Lounge and Valet earlier this year. The Qantas Club in Brisbane is due to open in coming months.

Qantas operates 58 return, direct international services each week from Brisbane to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Noumea, Port Moresby, Singapore and Tokyo. The airline also operates more than 620 return services from Brisbane per week to 25 destinations across its domestic network and more than 390 return services per week to 20 destinations within Queensland.

Edited by Peter Needham

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