Qantas' next leap: Brisbane-Chicago
Sydney - A few days after the first non-stop flight from Perth to London, Qantas boss Alan Joyce unveils his ultra-long-range plans for the future. New non-stop routes from Brisbane to Chicago, to Seattle, or Dallas are possible with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
For September 2018, Qantas has already announced a line from Melbourne to San Francisco. Before the first non-stop flight from Perth to London, the airline evaluated the wind and weather conditions along the route for ten years.
The company has done the same for the Brisbane-Chicago, Brisbane-Seattle and Brisbane-Dallas routes. Technically, all three routes would be possible, according to the Qantas' boss Alan Joyce.
The Australian flag carrier wants to serve these routes with four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which will be delivered later this year.
The Dreamliners will gradually replace the last six Boeing 747, which are still in service with Qantas.
However, Airbus is in the race for Qantas' next big plan, a non-stop connection between Sydney and London. Joyce has asked the two big aircraft manufacturers for another twenty minutes of flight time. Airbus will be in the race with A350-900ULR while Boeing expects the 777-8.