Qantas has announced that Dreamliner flights will begin operating from Brisbane on September 1, with daily flights to Los Angeles.

It follows the news in August that Brisbane would be the east coast and Pacific operations base for the Australian carrier’s 787-900 Dreamliner planes, and that the company would base half its fleet in the Queensland capital.

The flights to Los Angeles will involve six of the eight-strong Dreamliner fleet, replacing the Boeing 747-400s that currently operate the route.

The bigger news might be still to come, though, according to Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones, who is talking up the potential for direct flights to Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and Seattle.

“We know this will open up new tourism markets for Queensland,” she is quoted as saying in the Brisbane times.

The plan is for the 747 service to be phased out by the end of 2018.