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QANTAS Aims for Brisbane-Chicago & San Francisco Flights

Qantas is set to grow its network in the United States, with the airline confirming it will fly directly from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco should its joint business with American Airlines be approved by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).

The new routes, to be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, are expected to launch by the end of April 2020 and will add more than 170,000 seats across the Pacific each year.

“These are exciting times for Qantas flyers”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“Brand new routes operated by brand new aircraft opening up new destinations attractive to both business and leisure travellers is a smart move, indeed”, he added.

Directly linking Australia and the third-largest US city for the first time, Qantas would operate the flights four times per week between Brisbane and Chicago. The city is one of American Airlines’ major hubs, giving Qantas customers access to 30 additional unique one-stop destinations from Australia. With the added gateway, Qantas customers will be able to connect to more than 200 onward destinations from Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth.

The direct service from Brisbane will save customers flying between Australia and Chicago more than six hours of travel time on a return trip.

Brisbane – Chicago

  • The 14,326km flight will take approximately 16 hours 20 minutes (slightly more or less depending on winds).
  • When it launches, it is expected to be the fourth-longest passenger flight in the world.

The new three-times-per-week Brisbane to San Francisco service will complement Qantas’ existing flights from Sydney and Melbourne – meaning customers could choose from double daily Dreamliner services from Australia’s east coast to San Francisco.

Brisbane – San Francisco

  • The 11,367km flight will take approximately 12 hours 40 minutes (slightly more or less depending on winds).
  • 14 flights per week from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to San Francisco.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the launch of 787 flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco would be a win for customers and tourism.

“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”, he said.

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oneworld Alliance Turns 20!

As oneworld® marks its 20th anniversary, the global airline alliance has unveiled a suite of benefits for customers and member airlines.

The CEOs of oneworld member airlines met in London on 01 February to mark the 20th anniversary, and unveil a transformation of the global alliance.

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said, “In the two decades since oneworld was launched, the industry and consumer behaviours have changed fundamentally. Most of our member airlines have undergone comprehensive restructuring. Some have merged. When oneworld first took off, hardly any airline offered online bookings. Smartphones were in the future. Social media did not exist. Airline fares included everything. Low-cost carriers were in their infancy.

“Since then, global alliances have grown greatly in terms of membership but, to be frank, they have failed to keep pace with the changes that their members, the industry at large and the marketplace have experienced. At oneworld, we are making up for that. As we enter our third decade, we are undergoing a radical transformation, with a host of fresh initiatives to strengthen further the relevance of the alliance to our member airlines and our customers.”

Those initiatives include:

Digital revolution
Customers flying on connecting flights on oneworld airlines will be able to check-in, obtain boarding passes, track baggage, receive flight updates and pay for additional services through their preferred airline’s app or website, progressively from this year.

Improved customer experience
oneworld-branded and managed airport lounges to be rolled out at key airports, offering more space and service.

More member airlines
Royal Air Maroc to join in 2020 and Fiji Airways to be fully implemented as first oneworld connect partner next month, increasing the alliance network to 1,100 destinations in 180 territories, with more oneworld connect partners to be signed.

Royal Air Maroc is oneworld’s first full member recruit for six years and its first from Africa.

An updated brand
New oneworld market positioning that is ‘fresh, contemporary and more inclusive’ reflecting the diversity of the alliance’s member airlines and their customers, with the tagline Travel Bright. This initiative also includes a new website.

oneworld was launched on 1 February 1999 by founding members American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas.

Since then, they have been joined by:

  • Finnair and Iberia (1999)
  • LATAM (then LanChile, 2000)
  • Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian (2007)
  • S7 Airlines (2010)
  • Malaysia Airlines (2013)
  • Qatar Airways (2013)
  • SriLankan Airlines (2014)

Royal Air Maroc was invited into the alliance in December and is on track to join during 2020.

Around 30 airlines linked to the alliance’s full members are oneworld affiliate members, offering its full range of services and benefits. Fiji Airways was introduced as the first oneworld connect partner in December 2018, offering a subset of the alliance’s services and benefits, and is on track for full implementation next month.
Collectively, these airlines now:

  • Serve 1,100 airports in 180 territories, with 14,000 daily departures.
  • Carry almost 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft.

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