Qantas has confirmed it will fly Brisbane to Chicago and Brisbane to San Francisco direct by the end of April 2020.

Brisbane Chicago flights go on sale in the next few weeks.
Aussies will soon be able to travel Brisbane to Chicago direct on Qantas. Picture: Shutterstock

The announcement follows the United States Department of Transportation (DOT)’s tentative approval of the joint business between Qantas and American earlier this month.

Qantas will operate the Brisbane to Chicago service four times per week. Seats are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks, pending final approval.

Chicago is one of American Airlines’ major hubs, giving Qantas customers easy access to 30 additional destinations from Australia. The direct service from Brisbane will save customers flying between Australia and Chicago more than six hours of travel time on a return trip.

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Qantas will start two new flights from Brisbane. Picture: TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock

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,” Joyce said at a press conference today.

“These new services will connect both Australian business travellers and holidaymakers with key centres of commerce, industry and culture in the United States.”

Brisbane to Chicago flights
Start a Route 66 road trip in Chicago Illinois. Picture: Shutterstock

If you’ve ever wanted to drive Route 66 from Illinois to Santa Monica, Los Angeles these flights will make it ten times easier. 

These new routes would see a total of 14 weekly services between Brisbane and the US, including the daily 787 Brisbane to Los Angeles service that continues to New York.  Qantas expanded its International Brisbane Lounge by 25 per cent this year in response to the popularity of flights from Brisbane.

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.
  • It will be the second longest flight on the Qantas network, closely behind Qantas’ Perth-London service (14,499km), which has the highest customer satisfaction rating on our network
  • As well as a commerce hub, Chicago is renowned as a sporting and arts capital.

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
  • San Francisco is known for its eclectic mix of architecture, food and centre for innovation and business start-ups.
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This famous bridge is even more impressive in real life Picture: dibrova/Shutterstock