Queenslanders will soon be able to fly direct from Brisbane to multiple cities in the United States after Qantas announced they will be basing four of its newest aircraft, the 787-900 Dreamliner, in Brisbane from next year.
The Qantas Dreamliner is capable of flying non-stop to destinations such as Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the United States, as well as Vancouver in Canada and multiple cities in Asia.
The move would support 470 jobs, with 120 Dreamliner flight and cabin crew to be based in Brisbane and a crew base of 350 jobs.
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The first Dreamliner to be based in Brisbane will arrive in mid-2018, while all four aircraft will be in place by the end of 2018. Another four Dreamliners will be based in Melbourne.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said basing four of the airline’s Dreamliners in Brisbane will help drive international tourism into the state over the long term.
“Queensland is the birthplace of Qantas and it’s fitting that we will base four of our Dreamliners in the state. The 787 offers a step-change for customers in terms of comfort and efficiency and we are pleased Queenslanders will be able to experience them direct from Brisbane.
“Each aircraft we base in Brisbane brings new jobs. One hundred and twenty of our Dreamliner cabin crew and pilots will be based in the city, with many choosing to settle in the state. A further 350 indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result.
“We’ve said that initially our Dreamliners will replace the routes that our older 747 fly but there are also new destinations we are looking at given the capability of the aircraft. A range of exciting options is on the table that will help drive tourism to the state and we look forward to making that decision in coming months.”
Qantas will take delivery of its first Dreamliner in October 2017 with the 787-9 operating on domestic sectors for six weeks for crew training and familiarisation before its first scheduled Melbourne – Los Angeles service on 15 December 2017.
More information on the Qantas Dreamliner can be found here.