QANTAS has brought forward its first commercial Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight. Passengers on the QF481 Melbourne to Perth on 01 November 2017, will be in for a nice treat when their aircraft will the Dreamliner instead of the normally scheduled Airbus A330 aircraft. The aircraft will overnight in Perth before returning to Melbourne as QF762 on 02 November. Under the original schedule, the first commercial flight for the 787 was planned to commence on 06 November on the QF775 also between Melbourne and Perth. This was later brought forward to 03 November.
Whilst the QANTAS Boeing 787-9 is mainly designated for long haul sectors, it is not uncommon for airlines to initially introduce a new aircraft type on domestic or short regional sectors. This allows crews to gain familiarization with the aircraft and to ensure they are fully conversant with all aspects of the aircraft. The Premium Economy cabin will be sold as standard Economy Class with seat assignments in this cabin offered to top tier frequent flyers.
According to Jim Liu from Routes online (30 October 2017), the 787 is expected to operate one off return services from Melbourne to Adelaide on 18 November 2017 (QF673/595), Melbourne to Brisbane 12 November 2017 (QF608/637) and Melbourne to Canberra on 30 November 2017 (QF814/833).
Scheduled domestic 787 flights are set operate exclusively on selected flights between Melbourne – Perth and Melbourne – Sydney from 03 November to 14 December 2017. These services will operate once again next year from 11 February 2018 to 23 March 2018. As always it is best to check closer to the date as airlines do guarantee the aircraft type and last minute aircraft type change can occur. The first long haul flight is set for the QF93 between Melbourne and Los Angeles on 15 December 2017.