Qantas to start Melbourne-San Francisco flight services from September
January 21, 2018: In a strategic move to bolster its fleet services between US and Australia, Qantas Airways is planning to commence services between Melbourne to San Francisco from September 1.
According to reports, with an evening departure from Melbourne and an overnight flight on the return, Qantas' schedule means customers can arrive in each city ready to make the most of their stay.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said that the new nonstop Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service reflects strong demand in travel to the popular Californian city.
'We expect this flight to be popular with tourists and also corporate travellers looking to do business with San Francisco's world-leading technology companies. With connections to 17 codeshare destinations including Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver, the new service also provides another gateway for Australians travelling into the US,' said Webster.
The Qantas Dreamliner features 236 seats across three cabins including the Business Suite, nicknamed %u2018mini first class' by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation premium economy seat and a significantly improved economy seat with extra storage compartments and device charging outlets.
To facilitate the new direct Melbourne%u2013San Francisco service four times per week, Qantas' Melbourne%u2013Los Angeles Dreamliner flights will move from six to two services every week. Qantas will continue to operate daily Airbus A380 flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles.