Qantas has revealed that the trans-Pacific route between Melbourne and Los Angeles will be the first to be operated by its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The long-haul jet’s inaugural international service will take-off for the first time on 15 December 2017. Operating six times per week, the Dreamliner will replace the B747 service that currently operates on this route, alongside Qantas’ daily Airbus A380 flights.
The new B787-9 will carry 236 passengers in a three-cabin configuration, with business, premium economy and economy class seating. The larger, 364-seat B747 currently operates the route twice a week, so the additional flights will lead to a capacity increase of approximately 1,400 weekly seats.
The expansion of the Melbourne-LA service from nine to 13 return weekly flights will also give passengers the option of morning or afternoon departure from Melbourne on most days.
“The Dreamliner is a game-changing aircraft that opens up a new era for Qantas, and it’s been designed with passenger comfort in mind,” said Qantas International’s CEO, Gareth Evans. “The aircraft itself offers passengers larger windows, a smoother ride and better air quality to reduce jetlag.
“In economy there’s more room and plenty of storage. In business, our suites will offer a fully flat-bed and direct aisle access. We’ll be unveiling our premium economy in the first quarter of next year and it will set new standards for the industry,” he added.
Today’s announcement follows the recent revelation that Qantas will fly non-stop from Perth to London from March 2018, also using the new aircraft.