Launching: September 1 2018
Aircraft type: Boeing 787
Frequency: Four times daily
Late last year Qantas revealed as an early Christmas gift for Melbournian and San Fran flyers that it would launch its Melbourne – San Fran Francisco flights from September 1 2018. When the 14 hour flight is launched it will be the only non-stop flight to San Francisco from Melbourne; a huge incentive for tech head silicon valley business types.
From Melbourne QF49 will depart 9:40pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving into San Francisco at 7pm.
QF50 from San Francisco will depart 10pm on those same days and arrive in Melbourne at 6:30am two days later. Whilst at this stage it isn’t flying daily the fact that it has a tight turn around time means Qantas is fully utilising its aircraft without it sitting on the ground all day.
Under the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner configuration there are 42 business class suites, in a 1-2-1 layout and a premium economy cabin of 28 seats in a 2-3-2 layout. In addition there are 166 economy seats.
As a result of this new Qantas offering for Melbourne flyers, flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles will be reduced from 13 weekly to 9 weekly. Qantas will maintain the daily A380 flight but cull the 787 flight from 6 weekly to 2 weekly.
Reward me (reward flights)
Right now award availability across all classes for these flights is quite strong with a number of options across numerous flights in business, premium and economy classes. Usually Qantas is quite difficult in obtaining/ linking reward flights as I have found in the past with many of my trips so to find this is quite a nice surprise.
A reward flight one way on business class will set you back 96,000 Qantas Points, 72,000 Qantas Points for premium economy and 45,000 Qantas Points on economy. In addition you will need to pay the obligatory airport taxes on top of this.
Considering the quality of the product and destination being made available there has never been a better time to book a reward flight to the USA.