Qantas have announced plans to fly the 787 Dreamliner between Sydney and Santiago from June 2020. This will replace the 747 service that currently operates on the route.
While the 787 is a smaller aircraft, Qantas will be stepping up to a daily service. This is an increase of 3 flights per week over the current 4 flights per week service. Overall, Qantas say that there will be a total of 20,000 extra seats each year between the two cities.
The change is part of the phased delivery of the national carrier’s six additional Dreamliners. As they arrive into the fleet, Qantas will gradually replace the Boeing 747 aircraft on Qantas’ international network. Current plans are for the 747 to have left the Qantas fleet by the end of 2020.
Qantas currently has eight 787-9s in its fleet, with a further six arriving from October 2019, bringing the total fleet of Dreamliners to 14 in the second half of 2020.
Qantas’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across three cabins. It features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom.