Qantas is adding the Sydney to Santiago route to the lineup for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The national carrier is also adding an additional three return flights per week between the two cities at the same time, commencing in late June 2020.
The new route is part of the phased delivery of the national carrier’s six additional Dreamliners, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replace the Boeing 747 aircraft on Qantas’ international network by the end of 2020.
“Our Dreamliner has been extremely popular with customers, so we’re pleased to give those travelling between Australia and South America the opportunity to experience it,” Naren Kumar, Qantas International Acting CEO, said.
“Customer feedback on the cabin environment, from the seats to the anti-jetlag measures continues to exceed our expectations. We are also the only airline to offer Premium Economy between Sydney and Santiago, which is very popular on all flights.
“We launched our direct service from Sydney to Santiago in 2012 and the demand from Australians and South Americans has given us confidence to add even more flights on the route.”
Beyond Santiago, Qantas passengers can connect to LATAM’s network with the airline’s codeshare services to six countries and 14 destinations across South America, including Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
In other Qantas news, the airline has unveiled an expanded business lounge offering in Singapore featuring seats for more than 570 customers in a space spanning 2,200 square meters.
The new space offers banquette seating, dining chairs and tables and has been designed to maximise power and data outlets so customers don’t have to fight over outlets to charge their devices.
Singapore is Qantas’ largest hub outside of Australia, with around 50 per cent of the airline’s international capacity now dedicated to Asia, up from 30 per cent eight years ago.