Qantas’ Sydney to Santiago flights make triumphant return

It marks the end to a 30-month hiatus between the two cities, and a valuable reconnection for visitors and locals.

By Matt Lennon, October 31 2022
Qantas’ Sydney to Santiago flights make triumphant return

South America is officially back on the Qantas network, with the first direct flight between the Chilean capital and Australia in more than 2.5 years primed for touch down at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International later this evening.

The Red Roo’s last flight between Sydney and Santiago was in the early days of the pandemic on March 29, 2020, with the Boeing 747 making a low pass over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the occasion. At the time, it was unknown if a direct service between the two cities would ever return. 

Now jetting off on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the rebounded four times weekly QF27 departs from Sydney at 12:35pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with the 13.5-hour trans-Pacific journey touching down in Santiago at 11:05am on the same day.

The return leg QF28 sees wheels up at 1:30pm, crossing the international date line and landing at 5:50pm the following afternoon.

Qantas' 787 business class will be heading back to Chile.
Qantas' 787 business class will be heading back to Chile.

Qantas’ Boeing 787s are equipped with 42 spacious business class seats spread across two distinct zones, offering every traveller a fully-flat bed and direct access to the aisle.

Santiago is a quintessential South American city, brimming with artistic and cultural delights from the historic Plaza de Armas main square – home to impressive monuments such as the Metropolitan Cathedral – to the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood.

Passengers flying beyond Santiago are able to continue on the one ticket thanks to an ongoing Qantas codeshare with LATAM, which connects the Peruvian capital of Lima along with Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Antofagasta, La Serena and Punta Arenas – the departure point for many Antarctic expedition cruises.

For those eager to lighten their Qantas Frequent Flyer Points balances, a one-way Sydney to Santiago Classic Flight Reward seat will set you back only 108,400 points for business class, or 81,300 for premium economy.

Santiago is the latest reconnection for Qantas as it rebuilds its network on the wings of the Dreamliner, following on from the highly-anticipated return of Sydney-Tokyo on October 26.

Additional reporting by Chris Ashton.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

10 Jul 2015

Total posts 14

Can see selling already on QF site. Be handy if any news when some business class with points are realesed...nothing as yet 

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 126

yeah right, no chance given QF's recent form

LATAM already had that monopoly, I wish QF would reconsider and recommence flights from SYD or MEL on a Dreamlike straight to EZE / Buenos Aires instead of having to transit via SCL, otherwise Air New Zealand from AKL straight to EZE but they pulled out altogether

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Feb 2017

Total posts 9

EZE is a difficult destination to serve from Aus.   QF have tried it a few times over the years, and it's never lasted very long.    EZE is low yielding, unstable currency, and there's much better onward connections are available from Santiago through LATAM.    I'd be very surprised to see QF in EZE any time soon.

So true esp now with the turmoil in Argentina these days. On a separate note, would you happen to know which Star Alliance carrier is doing a Status Match right now with QF Gold?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Sep 2018

Total posts 159

United Airlines always has a status Challenge. 


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 383

EZE has always and will always be troublesome ex AU & NZ. There is limited O&D traffic and little to very poor connectivity past EZE to Brazil which is ~80% of pax and cargo final destination namely Rio and São Paulo. Add onto that all the economic issues described in previous posts above and EZE is not “easy”. 

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