Good news for Melbourne travellers, as Qantas announced today their first 787-9 Dreamliner route: Melbourne to Los Angeles. The only downer is the inaugural international service will take off on the 15th of December NEXT year.

Qantas is releasing sale fares this upcoming Christmas day, so if you’re gifted with great patience then grab your seat now and hold on till’ next December. It could also be a great Christmas surprise gift for your family – just a thought!

The Dreamliner will carry 236 passengers in a three-class configuration with a heavy focus on premium travel. It will operate six times per week, replacing the 747 service that currently operates on this route alongside the A380.

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Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the arrival of the Dreamliner would be a step change for the airline and for customers, both in terms of operational efficiency and passenger comfort.

“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 Mr Evans.

The aircraft is the world’s latest modern fleet, offering passengers a high level of comfort in the air. When flying the Dreamliner you can expect larger windows, better air quality (to reduce jetlag), less noise and a smoother ride. All this made possible by years of development in new technology from Boeing.

In Economy, there’s more room and plenty of storage. Business class will feature the latest refresh of their Business suites designed by Marc Newson which include a fully flat bed and direct aisle access.

Qantas will be unveiling their new Premium Economy in the first quarter of 2017, and is promised to “set new standards for the industry.” 

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This announcement follows Qantas confirming it will fly non-stop from Perth to London from March 2018. Travellers on the East Coast are expected to also use the service, cutting up to an hour off their total travel time.


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