Qantas today announced this week that four of their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be based in Brisbane. Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Brisbane Airport Corporation welcomed the news, as it opens up new potential international routes and tourism for the city.
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 mid-2018. All four Brisbane-based aircraft will be in place by the end of 2018.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said basing four of the airline’s Dreamliners in Brisbane will help drive international tourism into the state over the long term.
“Queensland is the birthplace of Qantas and it’s fitting that we will base four of our Dreamliners in the state. The 787 offers a step-change for customers in terms of comfort and efficiency and we are pleased Queenslanders will be able to experience them direct from Brisbane” Joyce said.
124 of the Dreamliner cabin crew and pilots will be based in Brisbane, with many choosing to settle in the state. A further 350 indirect jobs are expected to be created from the new fleet.
New routes on the way?
Joyce didn’t give any direct answers at the announcement but he did suggest some possibilities of where the aircraft way capable to fly. From 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.
From 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.
Qantas will take delivery of its first Dreamliner in October later this year.