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QANTAS to launch seasonal nonstop flights from Melbourne to Queenstown

"Katherine"

QANTAS Airways will launch new seasonal flights direct from Melbourne to Queenstown to meet the growing number of Australians seeking winter holidays in New Zealand over the peak ski season*.

Between June 21 and August 27, 2019, QANTAS will operate three services per week between Melbourne and Queenstown with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over the winter peak.

These new flights are in addition to the QANTAS Group’s 33 existing Queenstown services available each week throughout winter, with QANTAS’ flights operating from Sydney and Brisbane and Jetstar’s flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast.

The flights – which will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – have been made possible by reducing Qantas’ Melbourne-Christchurch schedule to four services per week over the winter when demand is lower.

* Subject to government and regulatory approval.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VXK (msn 33481) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945054.

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QANTAS acquires a 19.9% share of Alliance Airlines

Alliance Airlines (Australia) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-XWS (msn 11314) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945035.

The QANTAS Group has issued this statement:

The QANTAS Group has taken a 19.9 percent shareholding of Australian-based charter operator, Alliance Airlines.

Alliance Airlines is a significant service provider to the resources sector, which continues to stimulate travel demand in Western Australia and Queensland in particular. Alliance is a profitable, well-managed business with high levels of operational maturity. It is also a long-term provider to the QANTAS Group and flies regional services on behalf of the national carrier.

 

The 19.9 percent stake was acquired for an average price of $2.40 per share and for a total cost of $60 million.

QANTAS expects to ultimately seek regulatory approval from the ACCC to build on its current shareholding, with a longer-term view of taking a majority position in Alliance Airlines in order to better serve the charter market by unlocking synergies.

In the meantime, QANTAS is supportive of the ‘business as usual’ approach of Alliance Airlines management and is not seeking Board representation.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Alliance Airlines (Australia) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-XWS (msn 11314) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945035.

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QANTAS Airways to return to Fiji

QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VZF (msn 33481) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945055.

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

QANTAS Airways is making it easier for customers to holiday in Fiji by relaunching new nonstop flights from Sydney, meeting a growing demand from customers wanting a premium travel option to the islands*.

From March 31, 2019, the direct service will operate four times per week to Nadi, the country’s main gateway, with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare, and the option to fly or upgrade to Business class.

The flights add to Jetstar’s direct services which also operate four times per week and will see the QANTAS Group offer customers more than 75,000 seats on the route annually and the choice to fly to the popular holiday destination six days a week.

QANTAS will also add its code to Jetstar’s flights between Sydney and Nadi, for travel from  February 1, 2019.

QANTAS will also continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi.

QANTAS’ Sydney-Nadi (Fiji) schedule effective March 31, 2019

Route Flight Dep Time^ Arr Time^ Frequency Aircraft
SYD-NAN QF 101 1030 1630~ Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun B737
NAN-SYD QF 102 1735~ 2000 Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun B737

* Subject to government and regulatory approvals.

** Lounge access available in NAN operated by Fiji Airways and ports with Qantas operated lounges only.

^Times above are local. 

~ 1 hour earlier in ADST.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by QANTAS): QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VZF (msn 33481) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945055.

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QANTAS launches 787 Dreamliner services to Hong Kong

QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNC (msn 39040) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944781.

The first QANTAS Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Australia to Hong Kong took off on December 13, marking the first destination in Asia to be served by the airline’s Boeing 787-9.

QF29 pushed back from Melbourne just after 10 am in the morning and arrived in Hong Kong at 4.15pm (local time).

The launch follows the arrival of QANTAS’ eighth Dreamliner in November, joining the national carrier’s A330 and A380 aircraft that also fly to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong joins Los Angeles, New York, London and San Francisco as international destinations served by the QANTAS Dreamliner, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replaces the 747 on key routes.

QANTAS has also re-timed one of its two daily flights from Sydney to Hong Kong from March 31, 2019, offering customers the choice of a midday or evening departure from Sydney.

QF117 will operate overnight and arrive into Hong Kong in the morning, providing more options for onward connections to other destinations in Asia, including those operated by QANTAS’ new codeshare partner Cathay Pacific.

QANTAS’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across three cabins. It features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom.

QANTAS operates 28 flights per week to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by the airline): QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNC (msn 39040) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944781.

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WestJet expands its codeshare agreement with QANTAS

Delivered on July 19, 2018

WestJet made this announcement:

WestJet today announced it has expanded its codeshare relationship with Qantas by placing its WS code and flight numbers on QANTAS-operated flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Itineraries connecting the growing WestJet network to these Australian destinations are available today for purchase on all WestJet sales channels for flights starting December 6, 2018.

WestJet and QANTAS have been codeshare partners since 2014 and the airlines have offered QANTAS Frequent Flyer and WestJet Rewards members the ability to earn and redeem loyalty rewards since 2017. Travellers will also continue to enjoy one-stop check-in and baggage transfers to their final destination.

WestJet operates flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto to Los Angeles. The WS code will be added on QANTAS’ daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and its seasonal service between Vancouver and Sydney.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GZSG (msn 60516) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944547.

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KLM and QANTAS sign a code-sharing agreement

"Orchid", delivered on March 29, 2018

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and QANTAS Airways, Australia’s national carrier, have signed a code-sharing agreement, allowing both airlines to expand their networks substantially.

For KLM passengers, this means they can fly from anywhere in the world, on a single ticket, with full baggage transfers, via Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.

The code-share begins on October 31, 2018. KLM will attach its flight number to daily flights between Singapore and the four key Australian destinations listed above. QANTAS will attach its QF code to KLM flights between Amsterdam and Singapore.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by KLM): KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHO (msn 42509) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 943707.

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QANTAS and Cathay Pacific to code share

"Official airline partner of Sydney Mardi Gras"

The two airlines have jointly announced:

Cathay Pacific Airways and QANTAS Airways customers are set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s regional networks and provides more options for customers traveling between Australia and Asia.

The codeshare agreement will see QANTAS add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s services within Asia from Hong Kong to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns*.

In turn, Cathay Pacific will add its code to 13 routes on QANTAS’ domestic network in Australia*.

Customers of both airlines will also have increased opportunities to earn frequent flyer points through their respective loyalty programs.

QANTAS Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn more QANTAS Points and status credits when traveling on the QANTAS-coded flights. Similarly, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members will earn more Club Points when travelling on a Cathay Pacific-coded flight.

Cathay Pacific and QANTAS together operate more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia. As oneworld alliance partners, eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to both Cathay Pacific and QANTAS lounges in Australia and Hong Kong, as well as other oneworld associated lounges across both airlines broader networks.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available for sale from October 22, 2018, for travel from October 28, 2018.

*Flights subject to regulatory approval.

Codeshare routes

Qantas codeshare on Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon routes

Between Hong Kong and Asia

  • Hong Kong – Bangalore, India
  • Hong Kong – Mumbai, India
  • Hong Kong – Calcutta, India
  • Hong Kong – Delhi, India
  • Hong Kong – Chennai, India
  • Hong Kong – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Hong Kong – Danang, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong – Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong – Yangon, Myanmar

Between Hong Kong and Australia

  • Hong Kong – Cairns
  • Hong Kong – Perth

Cathay Pacific codeshare on Qantas domestic routes

  • Adelaide-Melbourne
  • Adelaide-Sydney
  • Alice Springs-Sydney
  • Brisbane-Cairns
  • Brisbane-Melbourne
  • Brisbane-Sydney
  • Brisbane – Townsville
  • Canberra-Melbourne
  • Cairns-Melbourne
  • Cairns-Sydney
  • Darwin-Perth
  • Hobart-Melbourne
  • Melbourne-Sydney

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the two airlines): QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPJ (msn 712) (Sydney Mardi Gras) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 937063.

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