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SYDNEY: September 01, 2018. Qantas has launched its first international Dreamliner flights from Queensland this weekend with a daily service from Brisbane to Los Angeles and onwards to New York.

Four of the airline’s new B787-9s will be based in Brisbane as the aircraft gradually replaces the B747. Services to Hong Kong begin in December with other destinations added in 2019.

“There are a number of new destinations we’re considering for new direct services from Brisbane, including Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the US, as well as Vancouver and cities in Asia,” said Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce.

B787 9The airline has also announced the start of four nonstop flights a week between Melbourne and San Francisco with a B787-9. Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the direct flights “were great news for Victorians, as they will have direct flights to San Francisco for the very first time”.

“In July 1959 we operated the first-ever commercial trans-Pacific jet passenger service on a Boeing 707 between Sydney and San Francisco. Although thankfully, unlike the 707 service which had to stop for fuel in Nadi and Honolulu, this flight is a comfortable non-stop overnight journey,” she added.

Qantas has reported an underlying pre-tax profit of A$1.6 billion for its 2018 financial year – a record for the national carrier. “We’re very pleased to reward our people with a bonus for this fantastic result. It brings the total amount set aside for non-executive employees to over A$300 million over the past four years for their part in the Group’s exceptional performance,” said Joyce.

The airline has also announced former IATA director-general and CEO Tony Tyler is expected to join its Board as a non-executive director from October. Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford commented: “Tony is one of the world’s most seasoned airline executives. He’s been involved in commercial aviation for almost 40 years, including as CEO of Cathay Pacific and head of the International Air Transport Association. His industry knowledge runs deep and so does his experience of doing business in Asia, which is a key market for the Qantas Group,” he added.

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