Qantas will begin using its Boeing 787-9s to replace its aging 747-400s when it makes the Melbourne-Los Angeles route the first to get an international Dreamliner service from next December 15.
The Dreamliner will carry 236 passengers in a business, premium economy and economy class configuration and complement the daily Airbus A380 service already flying the MEL-LAX route. The 787-9s will fly the route six times a week, replacing the 747 service that currently operates alongside the A380.
This will lift Qantas services on the route from nine to 13 return flights per week and give travellers the convenience of a morning or afternoon departure from Melbourne on most days. As it replaces a larger, 364-seat 747 that operates twice a week, the net capacity increase is approximately 1,400 seats in total.
The announcement of the first Qantas international 787 route follows earlier news that the Dreamliner will be used to launch non-stop routes between Perth and London in March 2018 (using a schedule that may start and end with a Melbourne-Perth sector.)