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QANTAS Airways goes double daily to Tokyo, Japan

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) added a significant expansion of its presence in Japan with the launch of double daily services between Australia and Tokyo this weekend.

QANTAS flight QF25 departed from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on July 31, followed by the departure of QF61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport yesterday (August 1).

QANTAS’ Brisbane-Narita launch flights will be operated by the airline’s refurbished Airbus A330 aircraft, with lie-flat seats in Business, brand new Economy seats and new inflight entertainment.

The refit of these aircraft, which takes one month each, is being done at QANTAS’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane. These aircraft are being introduced progressively onto Asian routes.

To celebrate the launch of the new Japan services, customers onboard flights departing to Narita and Haneda and in Qantas International Lounges in Sydney and Brisbane will be treated to Japanese-inspired menus for the first week of August, including Tuna Tataki Nigiri in Business, and Green Tea flavoured Kit Kats in Premium Economy and Economy.

The launch of double daily QANTAS flights to Tokyo follows Jetstar’s introduction of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Melbourne-Narita route earlier this month, increasing the available seats between the two cities by 20 per cent over the next year. The upgrade from Airbus A330 aircraft to the higher capacity Boeing 787 will be complemented by an increase in flights from four to six per week December to March to meet growing demand for flights between Melbourne and Japan in the peak season.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPA (msn 553) with a special “80 Years QANTAS International” emblem lands at Brisbane.

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Turkish Airlines to extend the Johannesburg route to Durban

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has announced it will extend the current Istanbul (Ataturk) – Johannesburg route to Durban this fall. Durban will become the third destination for the carrier in South Africa.

Turkish currently has the fourth largest flight network with 276 destinations in 110 countries.

In other news, the carrier started daily service to Dammam flights from/to Istanbul (Sabiha Gökçen International Airport). Damman becomes the 22nd destination from the secondary airport of Istanbul.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-303 TC-JNS (msn 1458) climbs away from the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 skids off the runway at Kathmandu

Turkish A330-300 TC-JOC crash landing at Kathmandu 3.4.15 (Mallika Aryal)(LR)

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) flight TK 726 from Istanbul skidded off a foggy runway today (March 4) while landing at Kathmandu, Nepal. The Airbus A330-303 TC-JOC (msn 1522) had already aborted a previous approach and was circling the airport before attempting to land again. The aircraft skidded off the runway and the nose gear collapsed. The passengers used the emergency chutes to evacuate the airliner.

According to this report by NBC, only one passenger out of the 224 passengers and crew members on board was injured.

Turkish Airlines issued this short statement:

Our flight number TK726 from İstanbul to Kathmandu overshot the runway after landing at Napal / Kathmandu.

All of our passengers and flight crew evacuated safely.

Necessary precautions are taken; after the technical investigation, this unfortunate incident will be determined and announced to public.

Read the full report from NBC: CLICK HERE

Read the full report from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Twitter photo by Mallika Aryal.

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XL Airways France to return to Miami this summer

XL Airways (France) (Paris-CDG) will return to Miami for the second summer in a row. The French airline will offer three flights a week with its 408-seat Airbus A330-300s from May 25 until August 31.

Miami has become the second most important North American destination for XL Airways after New York.

Additionally, as previously reported, AirEuropa will also return for the summer to Miami from Madrid with three weekly flights starting on June 4.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-303 F-WWKA (msn 1360) became F-HXLF on delivery on November 30, 2012.

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QANTAS’ Airbus A330-303 VH-QPF comes to the rescue of Abby Sunderland in the Indian Ocean

QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) crew on board Airbus A330-303 VH-QPF (msn 595) was responsible for finding lost sailor Abby Sunderland.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. VH-QPF is pictured at Sydney before the rescue mission.