Qantas has announced it will operate direct flights between Australia and Chicago from next year.
Using Qantas’ 787 aircraft, the flights will depart from Brisbane with a flight time just short of 16.5 hours.
The new flight path was announced today, thanks to approval of a joint venture between Qantas and American Airlines.
US regulators have allowed the two airlines to coordinate flight plans, pricing and frequent flyer programmes.
The airline is also offering new direct Brisbane to San Francisco flights.
“These two new routes, which will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, are expected to launch by the end of April 2020 and will add more than 170,000 seats across the Pacific each year,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
“The schedule for Qantas’ Brisbane-Chicago and Brisbane-San Francisco flights is being finalised, with fares available for sale soon.
“Qantas and American Airlines will also add codeshare services to more of each other’s existing international flights between Australia and the United States with customers able to purchase these codeshare flights in coming days.”