Arrivals & Departures Qantas Dreamliner to fly Melbourne to LA direct

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A more comfortable ride is in store when the Qantas Dreamliner makes its debut next year.

One year from tomorrow, Qantas passengers flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles will be enjoying a smoother ride, breathing better air and enjoying the view through bigger windows as the Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner makes its debut.

The announcement that Melbourne to Los Angeles had been selected as the inaugural route for the brand-new 787 Dreamliner comes on the back of Qantas’ news it will fly non-stop from Perth to London from March 2018.

The Dreamliner 787-9 will take-off from December 15, 2017, but is subject to final government and regulatory approval. Tickets will go on sale on Christmas day.

The service will operate six days a week, replacing the twice-weekly 747 service, and operating alongside the daily Airbus A380 service already flying between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Together the planes will operate 13 return flights per week on the route, with a morning or afternoon departure from Melbourne on most days. The change also means about 1400 extra seats a week.

The new Qantas Dreamliner Duration: 09m 28s Supplied

Described as a game-changing aircraft by Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans, the Qantas Dreamliner will carry 236 passengers in a three-class configuration.

“The aircraft itself offers passengers larger windows, a smoother ride and better air quality to reduce jetlag,” Mr Evans says.

“In economy there’s more room and plenty of storage. In business, our suites will offer a fully flat bed and direct aisle access. We’ll be unveiling our premium economy in the first quarter of next year and it will set new standards for the industry.” 

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