Qantas expects new Qld-US flights by April (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)
Qantas says it expects to add two new routes - including the fourth-longest passenger flight in the world - from Brisbane to the United States within a year once authorities approve its deal with American Airlines.
Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners would operate between Brisbane and Chicago - a 16-hour, 20-minute journey - four times a week and the Australian airline's planes will fly between the Queensland capital and San Francisco three times a week in changes it says will benefit local tourism.
In a huge coup for QLD, @Qantas will launch direct flights from Brisbane to both Chicago and San Francisco from April 2020, opening up major tourism opportunities for the state. https://t.co/Lzt21esc1m pic.twitter.com/ElA8FqqIIa— TEQ (@teqld) June 17, 2019
The first flights will start by the end of April 2020 if the US Department of Transportation's tentative approval turns into an official authorisation.
"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," Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.
Qantas and American Airlines said they planned to co-operate on pricing, sales, lounges and frequent flyer activities between the US and Australia.
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