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Qantas expected to announce non-stop Chicago flights today

Qantas expected to announce non-stop Chicago flights today

Qantas says it expects to add two new routes - including the fourth-longest passenger flight in the world - from Brisbane to the United States within a year once authorities approve its deal with American Airlines.

The flights will be serviced by Qantas's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, the same aircraft used for non-stop flights from Perth to London.

As with the Perth-London Boeing 787 flights, Qantas will encourage travellers from other Australian cities to make the domestic hop to Brisbane and then embark on the long trans-Pacific leg.

Commenting on the launch of new routes between Brisbane and the two USA cities, Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, said: "These new services will connect both Australian business travellers and holidaymakers with key centres of commerce, industry and culture in the United States".

Qantas is now waiting on full approval to launch a joint venture with American Airlines Group, which would allow the two companies to coordinate planning, pricing, sales and frequent flyer programs.

The direct route to Chicago would allow Aussie travellers to take advantage of American Airline's connections to 143 destinations, with 500 flights operating daily.

Passengers bound for Chicago will save more than six hours of travel time on a return trip versus flying via Los Angeles as they do today, with Brisbane-Chicago being the first and only non-stop flight to The Windy City from Australia.

The airline is expected to announce the news of these routes at this time.

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"This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access".

Qantas' Dreamliner now runs services from Brisbane to Los Angeles, which connects to NY.

"These flights would make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville".

"These new services will connect both Australian business travelers and holidaymakers with key centers of commerce, industry and culture in the United States".

Qantas already operates flights from Sydney and Melbourne to San Francisco.

The 787 Dreamliner has done very well for Qantas so far.

"As we count down to our centenary and retire our extended range 747 aircraft, which all feature the iconic Longreach name, we're proud to continue its legacy on one of our new 787s", Joyce said. "Queensland is a pivotal part of our history and an important part of our identity", said Joyce.

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