QANTAS Airways today (April 3) launched the first nonstop commercial flights to Uluru from both Adelaide and Darwin to meet growing demand from travelers to the Red Centre.
Uluru rock in Northern Territory
The nonstop flights to Ayers Rock Airport will operate twice per week from both cities (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) with the airline’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering almost 700 seats to the destination each week.
The routes add to Qantas’ daily flights from Alice Springs and Cairns to Uluru, and Jetstar’s up to 17 direct weekly services to the destination from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VXB (msn 30101) (Yananyi Dreaming) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 921196.
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.
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
Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
* 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.
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.
(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.
QANTAS Airways aircraft slide show:
Air France aircraft slide show:
Bottom Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.
QANTAS Airways has announced it will begin a new daily Melbourne – Denpasar (Bali) service from June 23, 2018.
Operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the new QANTAS route comes as Jetstar increases its Melbourne-Bali flights from ten per week to twice daily.
This announcement complements QANTAS’ year round daily Sydney – Denpasar service and reflects strong demand from customers who want a full-service experience travelling to one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.
QANTAS’ Melbourne – Denpasar service will be operated by a two-class Boeing 737 aircraft, with a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare.
Together with Jetstar the Qantas Group will now offer customers 84 return services to Bali from across Australia – the largest international airline group to operate into the island.
QANTAS’ new Melbourne – Denpasar (Bali) schedule effective June 23, 2018.*
23 Jun 2018
*Subject to government and regulatory approvals
#Departs / arrives one hour later during Australian Daylight Saving Time (DST)
Copyright Photo: QANTAS Australia (QANTAS Airways) Boeing 737-838 WL VH-XZP (msn 44577) “James Strong” SYD (John Adlard). Image: 940843.
Customers travelling on QANTAS Domestic aircraft fitted with inflight Wi-Fi will have the opportunity to watch every live game of international cricket played in Australia this season.
As part of the airline’s partnership with Cricket Australia, QANTAS will live stream 75 matches of professional cricket played in Australia including the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes T20 matches, Magellan Men’s Ashes, the Gillette One Day Internationals and T20s, the KFC Big Bash League and Rebel WBBL.
Following a successful customer trial earlier this year, the airline has so far installed next generation Wi-Fi hardware on *15 Boeing 737 aircraft as part of its progressive rollout. Focusing initially on its 737 fleet, QANTAS will begin installation on its domestic Airbus A330s from early next year, with 80 Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft complete by the end of 2018.
In addition to live cricket matches, a dedicated channel on QANTAS Inflight Entertainment from January will keep fans engaged with cricket content produced by Cricket Australia Digital exclusively for QANTAS, including:
Ashes Moments: Memorable performances of the storied rivalry recalled by the men who made them happen
Turf Wars: Relive the greatest Ashes series with cinematic highlight reels
Invaders: Profiling some of the best Englishmen to plant their bat on Australian soil
The QANTAS system gives customers the ability to stream movies, TV shows, sport, music and news programs – including through content partnerships with Stan, Spotify and Netflix. In an extended deal, Netflix will offer new customers three months of access, while existing Netflix customers can apply the same three month offer to their account. Customers can also stay connected through email as well as social media, watch the latest YouTube clips or shop online.
In addition to customer use, Wi-Fi provides QANTAS crew with real time information that will improve efficiency and the passenger experience. Pilots are able to access detailed live weather, which will help them steer clear of turbulence as well as making better use of tailwinds to reduce flying time. Cabin crew have more options to better manage customers’ onward journeys while still in the air.
* subject to Government approvals and licensing arrangements.
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