Qantas has announced that it will base four
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in Brisbane, bringing 470 new jobs and
opening up new potential international routes.
The first of eight Dreamliners ordered by
the national carrier will be delivered from Boeing in late October
this year, and the first to be based in Brisbane will arrive in
All four Brisbane-based aircraft will be in place by the
end of 2018.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said, “Each aircraft we base in Brisbane
brings new jobs. One hundred and twenty of our Dreamliner cabin
crew and pilots will be based in the city, with many choosing to
settle in the state. A further 350 indirect jobs are expected to
be created as a result. We’ve said that initially our
Dreamliners will replace the routes that our older 747 fly but
there are also new destinations we are looking at given the
capability of the aircraft. A range of exciting options is on the
table that will help drive tourism to the state and we look
forward to making that decision in coming months.”
Brisbane, the Qantas Dreamliner is capable of flying non-stop to
destinations such as Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the
United States, Vancouver in Canada, as well as Asia.
recently completed the reconfiguration of its A330 fleet at its
Brisbane hangar and is installing Wi-Fi on a number of its 737 and
A330 aircraft, that operate domestically, at the airline’s
In 2016 Qantas opened its new International
Business Lounge and opened a new domestic lounge precinct with a
Business Lounge and Valet earlier this year. The Qantas Club in
Brisbane is due to open in coming months.
58 return, direct international services each week from Brisbane
to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Noumea, Port Moresby, Singapore and Tokyo.
The airline also
operates more than 620 return services from Brisbane per week to
25 destinations across its domestic network and more than 390
return services per week to 20 destinations within Queensland.
In December 2016 Qantas announced that the airline’s first
four in its fleet of eight Dreamliners would be based in
Melbourne, serving the Melbourne – Los Angeles route from December
2017 and the Melbourne – London (via Perth) route from March 2018.
Qantas will take delivery of its first Dreamliner
in October 2017 with the 787-9 operating on domestic sectors for
six weeks for crew training and familiarisation before its first
scheduled Melbourne – Los Angeles service on 15 December 2017.