Australian airline Qantas has this morning announced that it will be starting flights between Brisbane and Chicago and San Francisco from April 2020. Both flights are due to be operated by the airlines’ 787-9 aircraft.
Whilst Chicago is a new destination for the airline, San Francisco is already served from both Sydney and Melbourne using the Boeing 747-400. The new San Francisco route comes at a cost however – the previous 10x weekly service between Brisbane and Los Angeles will be cut back to 7x weekly so the aircraft can be redeployed further North in California.
The new Chicago route will be the first time the city has been directly connected to Australia. The city has been connected to New Zealand since late 2018 when Air New Zealand introduced flights to Auckland.
Being an American Airlines hub, the flight to Chicago will enable convenient transfers throughout the USA on a single ticket via the OneWorld network.
At a distance of 8900miles, the route between Brisbane and Chicago will become the worlds fourth longest flight behind Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Newark service, Qatar Airways Doha-Auckland route, and another Qantas route between Perth-London.
The new routes are expected to go on sale in the next few week once final approval from the US Department of Transportation is granted.
Chicago will become the airlines sixth destination in the USA, following Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, New York and Honolulu