Wayfarer TV: Qantas Dreamliners could take flight to Chicago, Paris, Seattle thanks to 787’s stellar performance

by James Wilkinson

Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners could soon be used to open up new markets like Chicago, Paris and Seattle, thanks to the jet’s stellar performance that has seen the aircraft deliver solid financial returns for Australia’s largest carrier.

In a presentation at Qantas’ first Investor Strategy Day since the pandemic this week (30 May), the Boeing 787-9’s success on long- and ultra-long-haul routes could see the carrier open up new destinations, thanks to the delivery of three new jets in the first half of 2023.

“The Boeing 787-9 provide improved earnings on long-haul routes [such as] Perth-Rome, Melbourne-Dallas, Sydney-Johannesburg and Auckland-New York and [this] repeatable strategy can be used to open potential new opportunities [such as] Paris, Chicago and Seattle,” Qantas revealed.

The Boeing 787-9 has been such a strong performer, it turned the “previous London route, [which was] was loss-making, flown twice a day by A380s” into a profitable one with a split operation with 787-9s via Perth and A380s via Singapore, according to the carrier.

Qantas’ Boeing 787-9s feature three classes – Business, Premium Economy and Economy – and have been popular with business and leisure travellers since they first arrived in October 2017, thanks to the spacious cabins, modern interiors and latest onboard product.

Leading the way on board is Business Class, which is a suite-style product that features the latest-generation seat from the Flying Kangaroo that can be reclined for take-off and landing, top Australian food and wine and world-class entertainment.

To view a review of Qantas’ Boeing 787-9, click on the YouTube video above.