The Flying Kangaroo is officially heading to Chicago!

VH-ZNA, Boeing 787-9, Sydney Airport. © Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2019

Qantas News
Date Posted: 24/07/2019

Qantas announced this morning that early next year, at the start of the airlines 100th birthday celebrations that the Flying Kangaroo will begin direct flights to Chicago from Brisbane.

Flights to Chicago will commence from 20 April 2020, departing Brisbane at 1530hrs and arriving at 1640hrs in Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Flights to Chicago will operate four times each week, saving up to 6 hours of travel time on a return trip.

This exciting announcement forms part of the recently approved joint venture between Qantas and one of the biggest airlines in the world, American Airlines. First announced back in June 2019 and now with the final approval now granted and signed off on by the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) it’s all systems go!

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will have the honours of servicing this direct service, which will become Qantas’ second longest flight in their network, slightly outdone by the Perth-London (Heathrow) service which is only a mere 173 kilometres shorter!

At the time of being announced it will become the fourth longest passenger flight in the world.

Chicago isn’t the only new US destination that Qantas will serve from Brisbane, a new San Francisco service will also commence on 9 February 2020 and will work in combination with the Chicago flights.

The San Francisco service will operate three times each week, and will complement the already in operation flights from Sydney and Melbourne giving connecting passengers an extraordinary choice in choosing which port to depart from when flying to the US.

Not only is Chicago a much-welcomed addition to the Qantas network, it also becomes a huge benefit to all US bound travellers. Chicago is home to one of American Airlines major hubs and with this new gateway destination, passengers can to connect on to an additional 30 one-stop destinations from Australia.

“This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access. These flights will make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville.

Alan Joyce, Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer

These destinations include Phoenix, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Charlotte and Seattle just to name a few. If connections are more of your thing, Chicago Airport and American Airlines, along with their affiliated airlines offer passengers a choice of over 200 routes around the world.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will offer an extra 170,000 seats across the pacific each year from Brisbane.

“This is fantastic news for Queensland. It demonstrates the confidence that we have in the local tourism industry and our commitment to the Sunshine State.”

Alan Joyce, Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer

Flights are able to be booked from today via Qantas.com, or from your friendly travel agent.

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