Qantas will begin flying non-stop from Brisbane to San Francisco in early 2020, joining the newly-announced Brisbane-Chicago service as the airline boosts its schedule from the Queensland capital. Qantas says both routes "are expected to launch by the end of April 2020."
This marks the Qantas’ third SF route, alongside the Boeing 787s which fly from Sydney (while a Boeing 747 at the time of writing, this is being upgraded to a Dreamliner as of 4 December 2019) and Melbourne.
Until now, Brisbane-based business travellers headed for San Fran and Silicon Valley have typically been forced to fly a domestic Qantas leg to Sydney; or head straight to Los Angeles to pick up a local connection and all the LAX transit bother that comes with it.
The time-saving direct flights between Brisbane and San Francisco are expected to take close to 13 hours and will run three days a week.
The Brisbane-San Francisco flights will be hosted by a Boeing 787-9, with travellers at the pointy end enjoying 42 well-appointed Business Suites – each with direct aisle access – which transform into a fully-flat bed.
Further back are 28 premium economy seats arranged 2-3-2 in a cosy four-row cabin – although as Australian Business Traveller has previously noted, these excellent seats are hampered by a lack of legroom
At the tail end are 166 economy seats.
To accomodate the new San Francisco route Qantas will trim its current schedule of ten flights per week between Brisbane and Los Angeles back to a daily service, dropping the Monday-Wednesday-Saturday QF55/QF56 flight so that its aircraft can be redirected to SF.
Qantas says seats on the new route "are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks, pending final approval."