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    Qantas launches first non-stop flight between Melbourne and San Francisco

    03 SEPTEMBER 2018 / By Melbourne Airport

    Flying direct into San Francisco from Melbourne just became a reality thanks to Qantas’ new non-stop service.

    Qantas’ service will operate four times per week on a 787-9 Dreamliner, adding a combined 98, 176 seats to Melbourne both-ways annually. The new route joins Qantas’ additional US Dreamliner service from Melbourne to Los Angeles.  

    Flights will take off on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays departing Melbourne at 9.40pm, and arriving the same day into San Francisco at 7pm. The return flight will depart San Francisco at 10pm, arriving into Melbourne at 6.30am two days later. 
     
    Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said he is delighted to welcome a second direct non-stop service to the US on Qantas’ most advanced aircraft.  
     
    “This non-stop service demonstrates the strong demand to travel to this popular Californian city. The route also opens up the US market, and provides passengers with further connections into places like New York, Chicago, Seattle and beyond. “  
     
    “In addition to tourism, the route will also strengthen the business connections between Melbourne and San Francisco whilst supporting the strong global technological dominance of both cities. It will create more opportunities for business travellers to conduct business with world-leading technology companies in Silicon Valley.”    

    “With a population of 870,000 residents, San Francisco is regarded as one of the world’s most prominent tech hubs. It is home to the world’s most iconic internet giants including Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter. We feel fortunate to now be connected to one of the most important cities in the world for new technology start-ups via a direct air link.” 

    “Given the focus of the City of Melbourne on becoming Australia’s capital for start-ups and entrepreneurs, we see this new route as pivotal to driving opportunities for Victorian businesses.” 

    Mr Strambi said he is excited for the new service to join the growing number of 787 aircraft departing Melbourne. 

    “We are pleased to see the investment in new aircraft technology making the world more accessible to Victorians.”  

    “As an airport we are delighted to grow our international markets and work closely with our airline partners to increase services and open up new destinations.”    
       

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    For further information please contact Melbourne Airport media on +61 3 9335 3666.