Qantas to launch Brisbane-San Francisco flights

Qantas to launch Brisbane-San Francisco flights

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.

Qantas Boeing 787-9 business class

AusBT review: Qantas Boeing 787 business class, Melbourne-San Francisco

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

Qantas Boeing 787-9 premium economy class

AusBT review: Qantas Boeing 787 premium economy, Melbourne to Los Angeles

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."

Also read: Qantas debuts Brisbane-Chicago flights in 2020

Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • BNE0077


    17 Jun, 2019 01:03 pm

    Hopefully this will lead to a more enhanced premium lounge area or new offering for P and P1 out of BNE.
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  • QFP1


    17 Jun, 2019 01:19 pm

    The BNE-SFO flights replace three of the current BNE-LAX flights so no actual change to passenger numbers ex-BNE.
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  • nix584


    17 Jun, 2019 01:51 pm

    Not overall, but if BNE-SFO departs the same time as QF15 (and multiple other flights) then at that time there's a huge increase. If they keep QF55 timings then there won't be much of an impact, if any, to check-in, lounges and boarding gates.
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  • Himeno


    17 Jun, 2019 01:08 pm

    Cue the flood of complaints about the oneworld SFO lounge options and speculation as to if/when QF will build their own? :P

    Depending on the timing of the BNE-SFO flight, QF will now have 2-3 flights departing SFO a day, likely all around the same time in the evening.

    Until the T1 redevelopment is complete, there is little to no space to build a new lounge or even drastically expand existing lounges.
    The long term plan for SFO is to move AA into T1, next to the rest of oneworld in International A, with an airside connector between A and T1 B gates.
    That's at least 1-3 years away.
    With the co location mentioned in the AA/QF JV, maybe QF will move their SFO departures into the AA gates in T2, and then use the AA lounge. Of course, they'd still need to arrive in A, so that idea wouldn't work if they were short turns like the current MEL flights.
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  • Aidan


    17 Jun, 2019 01:17 pm

    Great news for Brisbane folk, glad this is happening.
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  • Adam T


    17 Jun, 2019 02:25 pm

    With new focus on Brissy for SFO & ORD (and LAX, NYC) and beyond for the future, I think it's timely to start re-thinking Terminal transfers. Nothing spells "seamless transfers" like buses. And that goes for Sydney too!!
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  • X


    17 Jun, 2019 03:07 pm

    The Brisbane Airport masterplan includes a monorail to be built between Intl and Dom terminals, and a long term carpark. This could be delivered as early as 2022.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this was the next major project after the new runway is delivered.
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  • Pablo


    17 Jun, 2019 05:50 pm

    But Brisbane already has trains and an inter terminal bus, both of which are free to use. All that's missing is a walking track
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16 Jul, 2019 04:40 am


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