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Qantas selects Brisbane for new Dreamliner base
On 29 August 2017, Qantas announced it had selected Brisbane as the base for its four new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The Dreamliner is an ultra-long-distance aircraft capable of flying to destinations that were previously unserviceable as non-stop routes. The four new aircraft will come into service in late 2018 and will service a new, still-to-be-announced non-stop route from Brisbane into the United States of America.
Qantas is investing close to $1 billion into this project that will position Queensland as Australia's new gateway to the United States of America. Already a big employer in Queensland with 4,700 staff, Qantas expects this project will create an additional 470 direct and indirect jobs in the first five years of operations.
The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning led a coordinated proposal from the Queensland Government, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism Australia, that was successful in attracting the new Dreamliner base to Brisbane over a number of alternatives that Qantas was considering. One of the department's economic development programs, the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund was a key support in attracting this project to Queensland.
The Queensland Government's partnership with Qantas for the new Dreamliner base is an investment in Queensland's future with benefits that will flow to tourism across the state and promote international business connectivity. Additionally, the Dreamliner base, supported by Queensland's rapidly expanding aerospace industry and expertise in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul, will benefit Queensland industry.
For more information
- Visit the Qantas newsroom webpage