Qantas will begin non-stop Boeing 787 flights between Brisbane San Francisco on February 9, 2020, complementing the airline's current Sydney and Melbourne services to the City by the Bay.
Tickets for the new route are expected to go on sale around 10am today, with plenty of forward availability of points-based reward bookings for Qantas Frequent Flyer members.
Qantas flight QF59 will depart Brisbane at 8.35pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for a 3.15pm arrival into San Francisco – perfectly timed to head to the city, check into your hotel and freshen up before pre-dinner drinks.
The QF60 return leg will depart San Francisco at 10.15pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, reaching Brisbane at 6am two days later.
Until now, Brisbane-based business travellers headed for San Fran and Silicon Valley have typically been forced to fly a domestic Qantas leg to Sydney; or head straight to Los Angeles to pick up a local connection and all the LAX transit bother that comes with it. The time-saving direct flights between Brisbane and San Francisco will take close to 13 hours.
Although San Francisco is generally considered a 'stop and drop' destination for most Qantas passengers, the airport hosts connecting flights to over 30 North American cities with Qantas’ airline partners.
The Brisbane-San Francisco flights will launch alongside the new Brisbane-Chicago route, which will run four days a week – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – beginning Monday April 20, 2020.
If you're looking to book a Brisbane-San Francisco trip with Qantas Points, a business class return ticket will come in at 192,000 points, with premium economy return at 144,000 points and economy return at 83,800 points.
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This marks the Qantas’ third SF route, alongside the Boeing 787s which fly from Sydney (while a Boeing 747 at the time of writing, this is being upgraded to a Dreamliner as of 4 December 2019) and Melbourne.
To accommodate the new San Francisco route Qantas will trim its current schedule of ten flights per week between Brisbane and Los Angeles back to a daily service, dropping the Monday-Wednesday-Saturday QF55/QF56 flight so that its aircraft can be redirected to SF.
Qantas says it hopes to increase the Brisbane-San Francisco flights to a daily frequency based on demand.
Original story by Chris Chamberlin; udpates by David Flynn