Qantas will move its daily Sydney-San Francisco route to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from 4 December 2019 as the airline steadily puts its Boeing 747 jumbo jets out to pasture.
The Sydney-San Francisco Dreamliner service will complement Qantas’ existing Boeing 787 between Melbourne and San Francisco, which flies four times per week.
It's difficult to understate the improvement this brings to business travellers bound for Fog City and Silicon Valley, from the Dreamliner's modern business class seat with direct aisle access and plenty of personal space to the Boeing 787's ability to help reduce inflight fatigue and jetlag.
For example, the Sydney-San Francisco business experience will be transformed from this...
... to this.
The scene's not quite so shiny if you're in premium economy.
As we've previously detailed in our first look at Qantas' Boeing 787 premium economy seat, as well as reviews from Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to London, this is generally excellent seat but one cruelled by cramped conditions, mainly due to a lack of legroom (with the seats simply ranked too close together) and what can be an overly-complicated footrest system.
If your budget or travel policy restricts you to premium economy, consider a points-based upgrade to business class.
This is the first of a new raft of Dreamliner destinations as Qantas takes delivery of six more Boeing 787s on top of the current eight.
By the end of 2020 there'll be 14 red-tailed Dreamliners scooting into and out of Qantas hangars, which will also see the retirement of all Qantas Boeing 747s.