Qantas is making quite a leap! The Australian carrier just formally announced that it plans to launch new flights from Brisbane to both Chicago and San Francisco. The new routes will be available by April of next year.

The announcement from Qantas comes just weeks after the United States Department of Transportation granted tentative approval for a joint venture between Qantas and American Airlines. Travelers can look forward to an additional 170,000 seats across the Pacific annually once the routes are launched.

The new Qantas route between Brisbane and Chicago will bring travelers 9,000 miles and take roughly 16 hours 20 minutes. This route will mark the first time that Qantas is offering flights to Chicago. Air New Zealand already operates flights between Auckland and Chicago. Here's everything that's known about the Chicago route so far:

  • It will be offered four times weekly.
  • The Boeing 787-9 will be used.
  • Tickets will likely go on sale in a matter of weeks.

Qantas already operates flights to San Francisco from Melbourne and Sydney. However, the new flights from Brisbane will help to strengthen the airline's presence in a very important market. Qantas will offer 14 weekly flights between Australia and San Francisco in total in 2020. The new route between Brisbane and San Francisco will cover more than 7,000 miles and take approximately 12 hours and 40 minutes. Here's what else is known about the new route between Brisbane and San Francisco:

  • It will be offered three times weekly.
  • The Boeing 787-9 will be used.
  • Tickets are expected to go on sale within the next few weeks.

However, there is one place where Qantas is actually taking a step back. The carrier will reduce the frequency of its flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles from 10 times weekly down to just daily.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.