Qantas will tomorrow take off on its first flight from Brisbane to Los Angeles in more than two years, re-establishing the key direct link between Queensland and the United States.
The Airbus A330 flight to Los Angeles – QF55 – will jet off from the Sunshine State capital at 10am, and then touch down in the City of Angels 13 hours later at 6:30am local time.
This means Queenslanders wishing to venture overseas on the Red Roo no longer need to head to Sydney or Melbourne on a domestic leg before joining their flight to the U.S.A.
Qantas’ A330 sports a near-identical Business Suite to the Boeing 787-9 flying from Sydney and Melbourne, although the privacy panel between the paired middle seats of the A330 is fixed in place, whereas the Dreamliner’s updated model sees this panel able to be retracted for added sociability when travelling with a partner.
However, while the Boeing 787s feature a small cabin of 28 premium economy seats, the A330s have only two classes – business and economy. With fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every passenger in a 1-2-1 layout, the Business Suite is described as a five star sanctuary.
The return of the popular Brisbane-LAX route reaffirms the airline’s commitment to helping Australians reach the United States, restoring the east coast triangle and complementing direct services from both Sydney and Melbourne.
In yet another sign that demand for the United States is growing, Qantas doubled its Melbourne to Los Angeles flights to meet demand earlier this week, with the sought-after Airbus A380 returning to the route from December.
Brisbane is sure to play a major role in further growth for Qantas’ network within the United States, with CEO Alan Joyce previously saying the airline is still keen to explore its non-stop Brisbane to Chicago service, which was due to begin in April 2020 but placed on hold due to the pandemic.
“We think Brisbane-Chicago is still a huge opportunity,” Joyce previously told Executive Traveller, while also citing Seattle – home to fellow Oneworld member Alaska Airlines – as another possibility.
It’s worth noting that the Qantas Brisbane International Lounge remains closed at the time of writing. However, with a trans Pacific service restarting, it won’t be long until it joins its newly-reopened Sydney and Melbourne counterparts.