Sixty years after Qantas joined the ‘jet age’ by taking delivery of its first Boeing 707 aircraft, the airline’s newest jet—the Boeing 787 Dreamliner—will soon be headed to Santiago, Chile.
That first, four-engine 707 helped put Qantas on the world stage and provided a new level of passenger comfort. Its inaugural departed Sydney for San Francisco via Fiji and Hawaii on 29 July 1959.
It might seem quaint now, but the 707 was promoted as having not one, but two (!) galleys and an innovative “coffee maker which produced 12 cups of coffee every three minutes”. In-flight entertainment consisted of a deck of cards.
From late June 2020, however, Qantas passengers flying between Sydney and Santiago will experience a few more creature comforts offered in the airline’s next generation Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins aboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
These Dreamliner services will increase flights on the route from four per week to daily, adding more than 20,000 seats each year.
The change is part of the phased delivery of the national carrier’s six additional Dreamliners, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replace the Boeing 747 aircraft on Qantas’ international network by the end of 2020.
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