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QANTAS Airways adds more flights in Asia-Pacific markets

QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPI (msn 705) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940574.

QANTAS Airways is making adjustments to parts of its Asia-Pacific network.

From December 2018, Qantas will operate additional Airbus A330 services on the Sydney-Singapore and Sydney-Jakarta routes to meet the increase in demand.

  • From December 14, a third Sydney-Singapore service (QF83/84) will be added on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.^ This brings the total Sydney-Singapore services to 17 per week, up from 14 previously.
  • From December 13, the Sydney-Jakarta services (QF41/42) will increase from five to six weekly, with the additional service operating on Thursdays.^

In addition, QANTAS will increase its Sydney-Noumea service from three to four times weekly from December 12, 2018, using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The additional service will operate on Wednesdays.^

The revised schedules are as follows:

Route Flight No. Aircraft Type Departure Time Arrival Time Days of Week Effective Date
Sydney – Singapore QF83 A330 1530 2045 Mon*, Fri*, Sun* 14 Dec 18
Singapore – Sydney QF84 A330 2210 0915(+1) Mon*, Fri*, Sun* 14 Dec 18
Sydney – Jakarta QF41 A330 1350 1730 Mon, Wed, Thu*, Fri, Sat, Sun 13 Dec 18
Jakarta – Sydney QF42 A330 1900 0615(+1) Mon, Wed, Thu*, Fri, Sat, Sun 13 Dec 18
Sydney – Noumea QF91 B737-800 0845 1140 Mon, Wed*, Sat, Sun 12 Dec 18
Noumea – Sydney QF92 B737-800 1240 1550 Mon, Wed*, Sat, Sun 12 Dec 18

^subject to government and regulatory approvals.

*Additional services

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPI (msn 705) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940574.

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QANTAS and Air New Zealand announce a codeshare deal

Air New Zealand and QANTAS Airways have announced plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s domestic networks, making travel within Australia and New Zealand easier.

Under the codeshare QANTAS intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on QANTAS’ domestic network.

Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall.

Eligible customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement.

The codeshare and customer offering will exclude Trans-Tasman flights. QANTAS will continue to codeshare on all connecting Jetstar New Zealand services.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available by the end of July 2018, for travel from October 28, 2018.

Qantas to code on 30 Air New Zealand domestic services

Air New Zealand to code on 85 QANTAS domestic services

All images by Air New Zealand and QANTAS Airways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air France and QANTAS Airways renew partnership to offer customers more travel options between France and Australia

"RetroRoo"

Air France has made this announcement:

QANTAS Airways and Air France customers will now have more options to travel between Europe and Australia via Asia following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers.(2)

Available for booking from June 5 for travel from July 20, 2018, Air France will add its code to QANTAS flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network including Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.

Under the reciprocal deal, QANTAS will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The new agreement will see the two airlines codeshare on a total of more than 200(1) flights per week.

Customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new codeshare services.

Air France eligible customers(3) will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singaporeand Australia, as well as Qantas eligible customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said: “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia. It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Alison Webster, CEO of QANTAS International, added: “This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points. The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly.”  

Flight schedules (in local time) operated by Air France in July-October 2018:

AF256: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20:50, arrives in Singapore at 15:45 the following day;
AF257: leaves Singapore at 22:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 6:00 the following day.
A daily flight

AF188: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 23:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:35 the following day;
AF185: leaves Hong Kong at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:55 the following day.
A daily flight

Daily flight schedules (in local time) operated by Qantas in July-October 2018:

QF002: leaves Singapore at 19:30, arrives in Sydney at 5:10 the following day;
QF082: leaves Singapore at 21:10, arrives in Sydney at 7:00 the following day;
QF036: leaves Singapore at 20:15, arrives in Melbourne at 5:35 the following day;
QF052: leaves Singapore at 20:40, arrives in Brisbane at 6:05 the following day;
QF072: leaves Singapore at 18:40, arrives in Perth at 23:55.

QF081: leaves Sydney at 10:15, arrives in Singapore at 16:50;
QF035: leaves Melbourne at 11:55, arrives in Singapore at 17:55;
QF051: leaves Brisbane at 12:00, arrives in Singapore at 18:15;
QF071: leaves Perth at 11:50, arrives in Singapore at 17:20.

QF128: leaves Hong Kong at 20:00, arrives in Sydney at 6:55 the following day;
QF118: leaves Hong Kong at 23:25, arrives in Sydney at 10:50 the following day;
QF030: leaves Hong Kong at 20:10, arrives in Melbourne at 7:35 the following day;
QF098: leaves Hong Kong at 20:15, arrives in Brisbane at 7:05 the following day.

QF127: leaves Sydney at 10:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00;
QF029: leaves Melbourne at 9:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20;
QF097: leaves Brisbane at 10:45, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00.

Note:

(1)   Subject to seasonal variation

(2)   Subject to government and regulatory approvals

(3)   Business Class customers, Qantas Frequent Flyer loyalty programme Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Traveling members as well as Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue loyalty program Club 2000, Platinum and Gold members

 

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Australia (QANTAS Airways) Boeing 737-838 WL VH-XZP (msn 44577) “James Strong” SYD (John Adlard). Image: 940843.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.

QANTAS to extend the service contract for its 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft

QANTAS Link-Cobham Aviation Services Australia Boeing 717-231 VH-NXN (msn 55095) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 922314.

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., today announced an 8-year contract extension with QANTAS Airways to provide BR715 engine nacelle asset support and repair services for the airline’s fleet of 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft. The long-term agreement is through Prime Solutions®, which is customized to the airline’s specific support requirements.

The 20 aircraft are operated by Cobham Aviation under the QANTAS Link banner.

QANTAS Airways has been a Prime Solutions customer since 2000, and this new agreement represents an expansion of the existing support program as the airline has nearly doubled its fleet of Boeing 717-200 aircraft to meet increasing passenger demand. With easy access to spares and rotables, and fully customized support, the airline has been able to extend the operational life of its Boeing 717-200 fleet.  Support will be provided on-site at the customer’s locations in Perth and Canberra, Australia, and the UTC Aerospace Systems Aerostructures Service Center in Singapore.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Link-Cobham Aviation Services Australia Boeing 717-231 VH-NXN (msn 55095) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 922314.

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QANTAS makes history-making nonstop flight to London

QANTAS Airways’ first Perth to London flight has been completed, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of traveling between the two continents.

The history-making flight QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 7 pm on Saturday evening and landed in London Heathrow at 5 am on Sunday.

Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favorable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path.

Maps: GE Australia.

The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947.

Mr Joyce said a huge amount of work had gone into improving the experience for customers taking the 17-hour journey.

“This is hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that QANTAS has ever put in the sky.

“Boeing designed the Dreamliner with features to reduce jetlag, turbulence and noise. We’ve taken that a step further with our cabin design, giving passengers more space in every class as well as bigger entertainment screens and more personal storage.

“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney and our consulting chef Neil Perry to create a menu that helps the body cope better with jetlag and adjusted the timing of when we serve food to encourage sleep.”

The daily QF9 begins in Melbourne, flying to Perth before then flying nonstop to London. QANTAS has adjusted the timing of some domestic services into Perth so that passengers from Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane can join the flight to London.

This first flight coincided with the opening of the airline’s new Perth International Transit Lounge featuring jetlag reducing lighting as well as pre-flight stretching classes, and relocating all of the airline’s domestic and international flights into a single terminal at Perth Airport for faster, smoother connections.

QANTAS' 2018 "Yam Dreaming" Aboriginal Design, delivered on February 28, 2018

Above Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZND (msn 63390) (Yam Dreaming) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940992.

QANTAS chose its newest Dreamliner ‘Emily’ to operate the inaugural service, which features a striking livery by Balarinji based on the artwork Yam Dreaming by Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The initiative is part of the national carrier’s commitment to promoting the best of Australia to the world.

QANTAS customers can choose from three routes between Australia and London – the nonstop Perth-London service on the Dreamliner; a reinstated Sydney-Singapore-London service on the Airbus A380; and via Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to London via Dubai with partner Emirates on mix of A380 and 777 aircraft.

NINE FAST FACTS ABOUT QF9 (PERTH-LONDON)

1. QF9 is operated by four pilots across the 17-hour journey, with one or two pilots resting at any one time.

2. The flight will follow different flight paths depending on the best winds, helping the aircraft fly faster and more efficiently. Qantas analysed a decade of seasonal wind patterns in preparation for the new service.

3. At 14,498km, QF9 is the third longest commercial flight currently in operation. It is the world’s longest Dreamliner flight.

4. QF9 will carry around 92 tonnes or 110,000 litres of fuel with the Dreamliner burning approximately 20 per cent less than traditional aircraft its size.

5. With a total seat count of 236 passengers, the Qantas Dreamliner has significantly fewer seats than many other airlines who have configured the same aircraft to carry more than 300 passengers.

6. Currently, most aircraft have cabin air pressure equivalent to that of an altitude of 8,000 ft. For the Dreamliner, Boeing cut that down to 6,000 ft, meaning it’s closer to conditions on the ground.

7. Menus for the flights between Perth and London have been designed to maintain hydration, aid sleep and reduce jetlag and include poke bowls as well as home style comfort food.

8. There are more than 21,000 individual items loaded onto the aircraft for each flight between Perth and London including 330 peppermint tea bags and hundreds of chocolate biscuits.

9. In 1947 a return flight from Sydney to London cost £525 when the average wage was £7. Today, the average Australian weekly wage is $1600 and a return fare from Perth to London can cost less than $1300.

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QANTAS’ new Perth Lounge tries to reduce jet lag

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

Qantas customers will benefit from stretching classes, jetlag-reducing lights and an outdoor terrace in the airline’s new transit lounge at Perth Airport as part of the airline’s new approach at improving health and comfort.

The Perth International Transit Lounge was unveiled ahead of the inaugural Perth to London Dreamliner service. It has been designed by Australian Industrial designer David Caon and SUMU design, in consultation with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre using an evidence-based approach to wellness.

The lounge offers a range of unique features including ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock, a wellbeing studio with stretching classes and a refresh area providing hydrating face products. Customers can dine in an open-air terrace with a BBQ serving gourmet dishes by Neil Perry.

Qantas Head of Customer Product & Service, Philip Capps, said an emphasis on wellness in the lounge design was a whole new approach to long-haul travel.

“We’ve brought together some of Australia’s best culinary, design and scientific minds to create a lounge experience that will help set our customers up to feel better throughout their journey,” said Mr Capps.

“This sophisticated lounge is the ideal space for customers to unwind in between flights. The design reflects the natural beauty of the WA landscape through natural light and colour choices, and offers some of the best local food and wine.”

Charles Perkins Centre Professor of Sleep Medicine, Peter Cistulli, said the overarching goal was to enhance the passenger travel experience and optimise wellbeing.

“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney’s School of Physics to create an airline-first bespoke body clock intervention using bright light to help kick start the adjustment of customers’ body clocks. Applying light at appropriate times helps reduce the effects of jet lag,” Professor Cistulli said.

“The lounge is just one aspect of our partnership with Qantas to improve the wellbeing of travellers. We’ve also worked together to influence the menu and timing of the food and drinks service on the Perth to London route, cabin lighting design and temperature in the 787 and we are interested in seeing how customers will respond.”

A summary of the lounge features is below.

  • Seating for 141 customers
  • Multiple USB and charging ports, wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens
  • 15 shower suites
  • Sofitel service

Design

  • Designed in collaboration between SUMU Design and lead designer of the Qantas 787 Dreamliner interiors, David Caon
  • The interior is spacious and modern, and the neutral colour palette is inspired by the white sands of the WA coastline
  • The unique curved ceiling promotes the infiltration of natural light.

Dining

  • Seasonal menus by Neil Perry from Rockpool
  • Outdoor BBQ with chefs cooking gourmet sausages from local Perth butcher Princi Smallgoods, and vegetables such as grilled mushrooms and corn on the cob
  • Premium hot and cold buffet serving light dishes including soups with homemade damper, healthy salad bowls, crudité and dips
  • Full service bar with premium wine and beer from Australia, including the Margaret River region
  • Hydration station – Quench – serving drinks including fruit-infused water, sparkling water and tisane (herbal tea)
  • Barista coffee.

Wellness

  • The bathrooms feature ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock – customers can activate bright light via a switch for 15 minute sessions. The light therapy is intended to accelerate the adjustment of the body clock to the destination time zone, increase alertness and combat the effects of jetlag
  • A wellbeing studio offering stretching and breathing classes focusing on mindfulness and getting the body moving. They will be held every 15 minutes pre and post flight with a yoga teacher from Perth’s leading eco-luxe day spa group, Bodhi J Wellness Spa Retreats
  • Classes will be based on customers’ needs such as calming and grounding sequences for those departing on the flight to London and stretches to loosen and invigorate muscles for those arriving in Perth.
  • A refresh area with luxury Aurora Spa products specially made for Qantas including a face cleanser, hydrating face mist and moisturiser
  • Outdoor open-air terrace with natural light, boosting vitamin D and aiding sleep.

The Perth International Transit Lounge is located in the new T3/T4 integrated domestic and international passenger hub at Perth Airport. The international wing features a streamlined immigration and customs area, a large outdoor deck with alfresco seating, food and beverage outlets and a Duty Free store.

The lounge is open to customers transiting in Perth when travelling on QF9 from Melbourne to London and QF10 from London to Melbourne. It is also open to customers beginning their journey in Perth to London. Eligible customers include customers travelling in Business, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers and Qantas Club members and their guests.

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre is working with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach to long-haul travel. This is the first integrated, multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around health pre, during and post flight. The Centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.

The inaugural Qantas 787 Dreamliner from Perth to London will depart at 6:50pm WST on 24 March. The Qantas Dreamliner seats 236 passengers in a three-class cabin with 42 Business Suites, 28 Premium Economy and 166 seats in Economy.

All photos by QANTAS.

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QANTAS welcomes home its newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the Indigenous Livery

QANTAS' 2018 "Yam Dreaming" Aboriginal Design, delivered on February 28, 2018

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) on February 28, 2018 was handed by Boeing the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, registered as VH-ZND (msn 63390) (above). VH-ZND is decorated in the special “Yam Dreaming” livery.

QANTAS made this announcement on March 2:

QANTAS’ newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which features a unique Indigenous livery, touched down in Alice Springs on March 2 (below).

The livery showcases the artwork of the late Northern Territory artist and senior Anmatyerre woman, Emily Kame Kngwarreye*. Based on her 1991 painting, Yam Dreaming, the design depicts the culturally significant yam plant, an important symbol in Emily’s Dreaming stories and a staple food source in her home region of Utopia, 230km north-east of Alice Springs.

Adapted by leading Indigenous owned design studio Balarinji, this special livery took a team of 60 people more than 10 days to complete.

The aircraft touched down in Alice Springs shortly after dawn following a 13,000 km journey from Boeing’s Everett facility and was warmly received by members of Emily’s family, who were joined by government officials and local community members.

 

Registered as VH-ZND, this aircraft carries the fifth design in the QANTAS Flying Art Series which started more than 20 years ago and is the only one dedicated to international flights.

It will fly several domestic services for crew familiarization before it enters service on international routes in late March.

The aircraft is the fourth Dreamliner to enter the QANTAS fleet, following the arrival of Great Southern Land, Waltzing Matilda and Quokka.

*Emily Kame Kngwarreye (pron. Emily Karma Nung-war-ray).

FAST FACTS

  • The livery based on Emily’s Yam Dreaming artwork took:
    • A team of more than 60 graphic designers, engineers and painters at Boeing’s Seattle facility worked with Balarinji to install the design onto the aircraft, taking more than ten days to complete.
    • There are close to 5000 dots on the aircraft.
  • This aircraft will be the second in the Flying Art series currently in service alongside a Boeing 737-800, named Mendoowoorrji.
  • QANTAS has worked with Indigenous owned design studio Balarinji for more than two decades on aircraft livery projects and other design work, including the Peter Morrissey uniform of 2003.
  • Yam Dreaming, 1991 is part of the Campbelltown City Council Permanent Collection and can be viewed at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The work was purchased in 1995 by Campbelltown City Council with assistance from the Australia Council.
  • Five QANTAS aircraft have been painted in Indigenous designs, with Wunala Dreaming carried on two separate aircraft.
  • QANTAS has a long-term commitment to reconciliation and the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and economic development. Since the mid-1990s, Qantas has actively promoted the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through unique customer experiences, including the Flying Art Series.
  • QANTAS is committed to ethical and transparent sourcing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and is proud to be a supporter of the Indigenous Art Code.
  • Fact sheet about Balarinji is available here.

EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE

  • Born in 1910 at Ahalkere in the Utopia Homelands, Emily Kame Kngwarreye is recognised worldwide as one of Australia’s most significant artists of the late 20th Century.
  • Her paintings influenced a change in the direction of Australian Aboriginal art from the use of traditional iconography to an open abstract landscape.
  • Working as a stock hand, she became very familiar with the local Utopia landscape and her paintings are maps of her traditional lands.
  • Emily’s paintings, depict the Utopia of her ancestors. Emily began painting quite late in her life, when she was almost 80 years of age.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZND (msn 63390) (Yam Dreaming) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940992.

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