Australian Travel Agents can for the first time book their clients on non-stop flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco, as bookings for Qantas’ new routes officially open.

One month after announcing the two non-stop services out of Queensland’s capital, Qantas has made them available for people to purchase with a celebratory launch fare of $999 return.

More on that flight sale shortly.




Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to connect Brisbane to San Francisco (QF59/QF60) on 9 February 2020. Flights will operate three times weekly and will complement the carrier’s existing flights to the US city from Sydney and Melbourne.

Meanwhile, the Brisbane to Chicago service will take off on 20 April 2020 and will operate four times weekly. It’ll be Qantas’ first flight to The Windy City and will cut six hours on a return trip from Queensland.

Sweetly, Qantas has selected the flight number QF85/86 for Chicago operations in order to pay homage to the 1985 Chicago Bears football team, winners of the 1986 Superbowl (apparently, they’re one of the best teams in history).

Qantas International’s Acting Chief Executive, Naren Kumar, said he expects the flights to be popular, especially considering the widespread interest after announcing the services last month.

He continued, saying that Chicago will be of particular interest to Australians considering its the country’s first direct link to the city where corporate travellers will no doubt be keen to do business there and tourists will want to explore.

“We’ll be working closely with our industry and government partners to jointly promote Brisbane and everything Queensland and Australia have to offer.”

Naren Kumar, Qantas International Acting Chief Executive



Travel Agents will be able to find Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco fares in their GDS systems as well as online through the airline’s website.

Qantas is currently holding a USA Sale (as part of its Around the World in 8 Days promo) with return Economy fares from Brisbane to Chicago starting from $1,299. Return Economy fares from Brisbane to San Francisco start from $999.

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