Qantas will begin daily Boeing 787-9 flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles, and then from LAX to New York, from September 1, with tickets on sale today.
After a two hour layover at Los Angeles the Dreamliner will continue to New York as the cross-country QF11/QF12 shuttle, having also picked up passengers from Qantas' Sydney-LA and Melbourne-LA services.
As you'd expect, the best place to be on that Boeing 787 will be in business class – see our review here – although we can't recommend Qantas' all-new premium economy seat (reviewed here) given the lack of legroom and complicated footrest mechanism.
The Dreamliner will take over the route from one of Qantas' few remaining Boeing 747 jets as the ageing and fuel-thirsty jumbos are progressively put out to pasture.
Until December 2018, the daily Brisbane – Los Angeles Dreamliner will be complemented by “up to three weekly Boeing 747 flights to meet seasonal demand,” Qantas says.
Once Qantas’ eighth Dreamliner has been delivered by the end of 2018, those jumbo jets will be replaced by a second year-round Dreamliner service running four times a week – specifically Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday out of Brisbane.
The Brisbane-LA service is the fourth international route for the airline's new Boeing 787-9 fleet, following Melbourne-Los Angeles, Melbourne-San Francisco and Perth-London, and is the first route earmarked for the four Boeing 787s which will be based in Brisbane following their delivery between July and November 2018.