On the heels of a tentative approval by US authorities, Qantas is set to grow its network in the US, with the national carrier confirming it will fly direct from Brisbane (BNE) to Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO) upon final approval of its joint business with American Airlines.
Tentative approval by the US Department of Transportation for the partnership between Qantas and American Airlines for services between the US and Australia was announced on 4 June.
Final approval of the joint business will allow for commercial integration between the two carriers, including among other things: The opportunity to launch new routes and flights to new destinations, including to city pairs not currently served by either carrier; and co-location at airports, investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure.
The new routes, to be operated by Qantas’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, are expected to launch by the end of April 2020.
Directly linking Australia and the third-largest US city for the first time, Qantas would operate the flights four times per week between Brisbane and Chicago. The city is one of American Airlines’ major hubs, giving Qantas customers access to 30 additional unique one-stop destinations from Australia.
These new routes would see a total of 14 weekly services between Brisbane and the US, including the daily B787 Brisbane to Los Angeles service that continues to New York.