QANTAS Airways has announced passengers flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles will be the first to experience the new QANTAS Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner when the inaugural international service takes-off on December 15, 2017*.
The QANTAS Dreamliner will carry 236 passengers in a three-class configuration and complement the daily Airbus A380 service already flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Operating six times per week, the Dreamliner will replace the 747 service that currently operates on this route alongside the A380.
This announcement follows QANTAS confirming it will fly nonstop 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.
The 787-9 Melbourne-Los Angeles service will operate six days a week. This takes the total number of QANTAS services on the route from nine to 13 return flights per week and will give customers the convenience of a morning or afternoon departure from Melbourne on most days. As it replaces a larger, 364-seat 747 that operates twice a week, the net capacity increase is approximately 1,400 seats in total.
*subject to final government and regulatory approval