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Qantas to launch new Chicago and San Francisco routes

Qantas plans to launch flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco as a direct result of receiving tentative approval for its transpacific joint venture with American Airlines.

The Australian carrier states that it plans to announce details of the two new routes once final approval is received from the US Department of Transportation for the joint venture.

It is likely that both flights will be operated using Boeing 787-9s. Brisbane is Qantas’s second 787 base after Melbourne, and the jets have been operating its daily Brisbane-Los Angeles services since September.

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Qantas’ third Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner named 'Quokka'

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The two carriers have previously indicated that they plan to start three new routes between the USA and Australia and New Zealand if they were granted antitrust immunity for their joint venture.

The third route is likely to be a new connection to American’s hub at Dallas-Fort Worth to either Brisbane or Melbourne. Qantas flies daily from Sydney to Dallas using Airbus A380s, providing a wide range of connections on American’s extensive network from the Texan city.

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