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QANTAS and Jetstar will bring forward the restart of more international flights to popular destinations from Sydney, will accelerate the return of the A380

QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955608.

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

  • All Australian-based Qantas and Jetstar employees able to return to work in early December 21
  • Qantas to launch new route from Sydney to Delhi before Christmas*
  • Flights from Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg, Fiji to resume ahead of schedule
  • Early return of the A380
  • More Points Planes for frequent flyers

Qantas and Jetstar will bring forward the restart of more international flights to popular destinations from Sydney and operate regular flights to Delhi, the first commercial flights for Qantas between Australia and India in almost a decade.

The national carrier will also bring back two of its Airbus A380 aircraft earlier than planned and is in discussions with Boeing about accelerating the delivery of three brand new 787 Dreamliners, which have been in storage for most of the pandemic.

The faster ramp up follows the Federal and New South Wales governments confirming that international borders would reopen from 1 November 2021 and the decision by the NSW Government to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated arrivals – which significantly increases travel demand.

These decisions – combined with plans by states and territories to reopen domestic borders – support all Qantas and Jetstar workers based in Australia and New Zealand who are currently stood down to return to work by early December 2021. This includes around 5,000 employees linked to domestic flying and around 6,000 linked to international flying.

Due to extended border closures, many international crew have been stood down since the start of the pandemic. Combined with operational and corporate employees already working, the Group’s 22,000 employees are able to return to work in December, which wasn’t expected to happen until June 2022.

International schedule update

Qantas plans to launch a new route from Sydney to Delhi on 6 December 2021 with three return flights per week with its A330 aircraft, building to daily flights by end of the year. This is subject to discussions with Indian authorities to finalise necessary approvals. The flights would initially operate until at least late March 2022, with a view to continuing if there is sufficient demand. Flights from Sydney to Delhi would operate via Darwin, while flights from Delhi to Sydney would operate nonstop.

The updated international schedule published today also includes:

  • Sydney to Singapore: Qantas flights will resume on 23 November 2021, four weeks earlier than scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft. Services will ramp up to daily from 18 December 2021. Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from 16 December 2021.
  • Sydney to Fiji (Nadi): Qantas flights will be brought forward to 7 December 2021 from 19 December 2021. Four return flights a week will be operated by 737 aircraft. Jetstar flights to Fiji will resume on 17 December 2021. Within 48 hours of Fiji announcing its reopening, Jetstar saw a 200 per cent increase in sales versus pre-COVID levels, selling more fares than a typical seven day period.
  • Sydney to Johannesburg: Qantas flights will resume on 5 January 2022, three months earlier than scheduled. Three return flights a week will be operated by 787 aircraft.
  • Sydney to Bangkok: Qantas flights will resume on 14 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled. Five return flights a week will be operated by A330 aircraft.
  • Sydney to Phuket: Jetstar flights will resume on 12 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled. Three return flights a week will be operated by 787 aircraft.

Qantas has also launched additional Points Planes – where every seat in every cabin on a flight is available to book as a reward seat.

Discussions have commenced with the NSW Government about supporting some of Qantas’ international services to Sydney through its recently announced Aviation Attraction Fund. Discussions are also underway with the Indonesian Government about welcoming fully vaccinated Australians back to Bali with reduced or no quarantine requirements, which would mean the resumption of Jetstar and Qantas flights from Sydney to the holiday island months earlier than scheduled.

Today’s announcement is in addition to routes already on sale from Sydney to London and Los Angeles. Bookings on these routes have been extremely strong, with more than 10 additional return services added between Sydney and London due to demand from Australians coming home in time for Christmas.

Qantas frequent flyers have also been booking seats in record numbers, with the largest number of points used on reward seats for a single day in the airline’s history occurring on Tuesday this week, with more than half a billion points redeemed. Frequent flyers can use their points to book one of millions of seats across Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines as borders open.

Flights to Honolulu, Vancouver, Tokyo and New Zealand are still scheduled to commence from mid-December 2021, with other destinations to restart in the new year.

In line with current Federal Government requirements, these initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents.

Fleet update

Qantas has further accelerated the return of its fleet of A380 aircraft.

Originally expected to remain in long term storage in the Californian desert until the end of 2023, the Group announced in August that five A380s with upgraded cabins would return from July 2022 to operate Los Angeles and London flights. This is now being brought forward a further three months, with two of the A380s to commence flights to Los Angeles from April 2022. One aircraft could arrive by the end of this year to assist with crew training ahead of its return to service.

A further three A380s will return to service from mid-November 2022 with the remaining five expected to return to service by early 2024.

Qantas is also looking to bring forward delivery of three brand new 787-9 aircraft, currently in storage with Boeing, several months earlier than planned as demand increases.

Jetstar will bring the remaining five of its 11 Boeing 787-8s out of storage in Alice Springs over the coming months.

Domestic update

Qantas and Jetstar are preparing to ramp up capacity between Melbourne and Sydney as quarantine-free travel is set to resume between Australia’s two largest cities. Pre-COVID, Melbourne-Sydney was the second busiest route in the world, with the Group operating up to 58 return services per day, but during the latest lockdowns this got down to as low as one return flight per day for essential travel only.

When the Victorian and NSW borders open, Qantas and Jetstar will operate up to 18 return flights per day, increasing to up to 37 return flights per day by Christmas. Additional capacity will be added on other routes to and from Sydney and Melbourne, as restrictions are lifted by other states and territories.

And from Melbourne:

Qantas will bring forward international flights from Melbourne following the Victorian Government’s decision to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning from overseas from November.

The national carrier welcomes the decision by the Victorian Government, which was made possible by the huge number of Victorians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated.

The updated international schedule out of Melbourne published today includes:

  • Melbourne to London: Qantas flights will be brought forward to 6 November 2021, six weeks earlier than scheduled, operating two days per week with 787 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December 2021.
  • Melbourne to Singapore: Qantas flights will be brought forward to 22 November 2021, three weeks ahead of scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December. Jetstar will also recommence flying four times a week between Melbourne and Singapore using 787 aircraft, a route it hasn’t flown since 2019.

Qantas will offer the first three return services on both routes as Points Planes meaning frequent flyers can access every seat across every cabin as Classic Flight Reward seats. Seats on these flights will also be available as regular flight bookings.

Victorian customers can also now book onward flights to other international destinations including Los Angeles (1 November), Fiji (7 December), Johannesburg (5 January) and Bangkok (14 January) via Sydney.

Flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles will restart from 18 December 2021 with other destinations scheduled to recommence in the new year. Qantas and Jetstar will look at bringing forward additional destinations if possible.   

Initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents in line with Federal Government requirements.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955608.

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American and QANTAS file application to form joint business, may drop LAX and DFW Australian routes if not approved

American's second Boeing 787-9, delivered on October 5, 2016

American Airlines and QANTAS Airways have filed again an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking approval to form a joint business to better serve customers flying between North America and Australia and New Zealand.

The proposed joint business will significantly improve service, stimulate demand and unlock more than $300 million annually in consumer benefits that are not achievable through any other form of cooperation, including:

  • Up to $221 million in value from expanding codesharing between American and Qantas – opening more connections to more destinations.
  • Up to $89 million in value by offering a wider range of fare classes across each other’s networks, including lower fares and discounts.

The joint business will also give American and Qantas the opportunity to launch additional routes between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand, including new flights to city pairs currently not served by either carrier.

 

An expanded relationship will encourage significant improvements in the overall customer experience, including additional frequent flyer benefits and investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure designed to better serve the carriers’ joint customers.

All these benefits will stimulate significant demand for new travel – generating up to 180,000 new trips between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand every year.

Critically, if the joint business is not approved, American and QANTAS will have no choice but to further reduce codesharing on their networks. This will jeopardize the number of services and routes each carrier flies between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.

For example, QANTAS may be forced to reduce the frequency of, downgauge or potentially cancel its Airbus A380 service between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth (below), and American may further reduce its services between Los Angeles and Sydney and Auckland. These routes rely on codeshare support from each airline’s feeder network via their respective hub cities to be economically viable.

American and QANTAS look forward to working together to deliver new routes, a more seamless travel experience and greater access to lower fares under a joint business.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N821AN (msn 40640) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 935286.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery, Boeing):

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Bottom Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LHR (SPA). Image: 931099.

Named "Paul McGinness"

QANTAS and Emirates welcome the draft ACCC determination

QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 901229.

QANTAS Airways and Emirates Airline issued this joint statement:

QANTAS and Emirates welcome the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) draft determination that proposes to grant authorization for their partnership for another five years.

The continuation of the joint business, announced in August 2017, will see the airlines deliver expanded services to better leverage each other’s networks, offering travellers improved schedule choice, increased frequent flyer benefits and an ongoing commitment to developing world class products and travel experiences for customers.

A final decision is expected in March 2018.

Comments from a QANTAS spokesperson:

“The ACCC’s draft determination is an important step in helping us deliver a better travel experience and more options between Australia, the UK and Europe for millions of customers.

“The first five years of the partnership has lived up to the promise of serving our customers better, together, and the changes to our network are designed to reinforce this for the next five years.

“With three options to get to Europe, via Perth, Singapore and Dubai, and more frequencies between Australia and New Zealand, the partnership better reflects customer demand, leverages new aircraft technology and plays to each airline’s respective network strengths.”

Comments from an Emirates spokesperson:

“We are pleased that the ACCC’s draft determination supports the authorization of our partnership with QANTAS for a further five years until 2023.

“More than 8 million passengers have benefited from Emirates and QANTAS’ joint network since the partnership began in 2013, and we look forward to continue leveraging on each airline’s unique strengths to offer travellers even more choice and enhanced services in the coming years.”

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 901229.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EOD (msn 168) (Real Madrid) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 937458.

The third "Real Madrid" logo jet

QANTAS Group reports a profit of A$206 million for the first six months

QANTAS Group (QANTAS Airways and Jetstar Airways) (Sydney) reported an underlying profit before tax of A$367 million ($286.6 million) and a statutory profit after tax of A$206 million ($160.8 million) for the fiscal six months ending on December 31, 2014.

CEO Alan Joyce commented on the results:

I am pleased to report the results so far of the fundamental business transformation that is underway at Qantas.

Qantas reported an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for the six months to December 2014, and a statutory profit after tax of $206 million.

This is a $619 million improvement over the same period last year at the underlying level.

The decisive factor in this result – our best half-year performance for four years – is our transformation program, which delivered $374 million in benefits in the first half.

Without the impact of transformation, Qantas would not be profitable today.

The other positive drivers in the results were:

$208 million from reduced depreciation;

$162 million from increased revenue per available seat kilometre;

$59 million from the removal of the carbon tax; and

$33 million from lower fuel prices.

This result confirms that we are executing the right plan with discipline and speed.

We are meeting, or exceeding, all our targets as we build a strong, sustainable future for Qantas and grow long-term shareholder value.

Since we announced our transformation program in December 2013 we have:

Lowered our cost base;

Grown free cash flow and revenue;

Improved fleet, product and service;

Strengthened customer satisfaction;

Reduced debt and strengthened the balance sheet;

Improved our return on invested capital;

Achieved our youngest fleet age in more than 20 years; and

Simplified the fleet from eleven to nine aircraft types, on the way down to seven.

What sets this program apart is that we are reducing costs permanently, while at the same time delivering Qantas’ best ever fleet, product and service.

We now have a strong foundation for sustainable growth.

I want to express my deep appreciation to the people of Qantas who have worked so hard to make this transformation succeed.

We have come together to protect this great Australian company and give it a sustainable future.

I also want to thank our customers.

We are delighted to repay their loyalty with even better Qantas experiences today, and more rewards to come in the future.

All parts of our business have contributed to this good result.

Qantas International was profitable for the first time since the GFC with underlying earnings of $59 million, a turnaround of $321 million over the same period last year.

Over the period it cut unit costs by almost 4 per cent while revenue increased by nearly 5 per cent.

The partnership with Emirates is now more than two years old and it continues to deliver.

We’ve seen exceptional customer satisfaction with our Dubai hub and increased range of destinations, which in turn has given us a significant competitive advantage.

With smarter fleet utilisation, Qantas has been able to offer new or additional capacity, including seasonal flights to Vancouver and additional services to LA, Santiago and Japan.

Our new A330 product and lounges in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles have been met with acclaim.

In 2011 we set ourselves the task of getting Qantas International back into profit.

We expect to achieve that goal this year, on target.

Our domestic airline businesses performed well over the half – with total domestic profitability of just under $300 million.

The Qantas Group strengthened its position substantially in the domestic market.

Qantas Domestic reported an improvement of $170 million compared with the same period last year, with underlying earnings of $227 million.

With its unrivalled network, frequencies, lounges, and Loyalty program, Qantas Domestic retained an overwhelming 80 per cent revenue share of the Australian corporate market.

Looking at large corporate accounts, we recorded 113 renewals, 42 new accounts – with 16 of those won back from the competition – and just four lost.

Customer satisfaction with Qantas Domestic was at record levels in the December quarter.

The Jetstar Group continues to build scale and brand presence, flying to 66 destinations across 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific.

It reported underlying earnings of $81 million, an improvement of $97 million on the same period last year.

Domestically, Jetstar achieved earnings of $63 million, driven by improved yields and loads and a continued focus on managing costs and capacity

Strong Jetstar International earnings of $51 million reflected the benefits of a network restructure and the roll-out of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qantas’ investments in the Jetstar-branded airlines in Asia will generate long-term returns in the world’s most important emerging markets.

These airlines improved their performance in the first half, relative to the prior period, with a $13 million reduction in Qantas’ share of losses.

Jetstar Asia in Singapore was profitable in the December quarter.

Both Qantas and Jetstar have won a string of awards and recognition for product, service and safety.

Qantas Loyalty continued its outstanding performance.

With 10 per cent earnings growth, Loyalty achieved underlying earnings of $160 million.

It attracted more than 400,000 new members in the half, to reach a new high of 10.5 million.

Continued innovation and investment in programs like the online mall, Aquire, and Qantas Cash card, have helped grow, diversify and maximise the customer base. They have brought in a younger demographic, with 60 per cent of new members aged 36 or younger.

Qantas Freight delivered underlying earnings of $54 million, a strong improvement which was driven by significant recovery in the international freight market – outweighing a challenging domestic market.

Overall, this result demonstrates the continuing strength in our portfolio of integrated Qantas Group businesses.

The Group’s financial position improved significantly with more than a billion dollars in cash generated from operations for the half, up nearly 45% on the prior year.

The outlook for the Group’s operating environment in the second half of this financial year has improved after a turbulent period.

Demand is mixed in the domestic market and steady in the international market.

Importantly, market capacity – both domestic and international – is moderating and aligning more closely to demand.

Yield and load factors have stabilised and are in the early stages of recovery.

Lower fuel and Australian dollar values have, overall, improved our competitive position.

While fuel prices produced a modest benefit in the first half, we expect fuel costs for the full year to be no more than $4 billion at current prices – which will be a significant boost to the bottom line in the second half.

And we expect all operating segments to be profitable in the full year.

The results are good and we take pride in our progress so far.

Transformation has been central to our recovery and we will drive it forward with all our energy.

It is about making ourselves strong and resilient through the ups and downs of economic cycles.

Over the next two years we will further strengthen the Qantas position.

We will be a company able to withstand tough times, capitalise on the good times, and deliver sustainable and attractive long term returns to our shareholders.

We will be a stronger integrated Group portfolio where each business complements the others, generating sustainable returns through the cycle.

We will always be the airline that represents the best of the Australian way of life.

And today we can see a bright future for this great Australian company.

Thank you.

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Copyright Photo: Airbus A380-842 VH-OQJ (msn 062) taxies to the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport.

QANTAS Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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QANTAS Airways introduces new entertainment options

QANTAS logo

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has implemented its new and improved inflight entertainment program giving customers more choice and variety and more regular and in-depth news coverage as a result of its new partnership with Sky News, Foxtel and Fox Sports.

QANTAS customers will be able to view a complete package of news, sport, entertainment and lifestyle programs with the partnership marking the start of a comprehensive transformation of Qantas’ inflight entertainment programming.

QANTAS is the only Australian airline to give its customers an inflight entertainment solution on every aircraft no matter what cabin they are traveling in.

New inflight entertainment features:

More news – QANTAS customers will enjoy multiple daily news bulletins on international and domestic flights seven days a week.

More exposure – A new international Australian news service called Australia Channel will broadcast live to Qantas’ international network of lounges so customers returning home will be able to watch the latest news, sport and business updates from Australia. Domestic customers will also enjoy this service.

More sport – Fox Sports content will be on offer for customers including highlights packages, interviews and documentaries.

More variety – A Foxtel Picks channel will showcase a library of lifestyle, drama, food, sport and entertainment programming from the likes of The Lifestyle Channel, Fox8, Showcase, the History Channel and Comedy Channel.

More content – Customers can expect more volume in popular categories including double the number of new releases and blockbusters, kid’s and drama content. Four times more business programming.

More music – Customers can now listen to a greater selection of music with triple the number of albums added each quarter.

QANTAS has also engaged Stellar Entertainment, a full-service content service provider, offering world-class IFE. The partnership has already seen QANTAS double its number of new releases and blockbusters, adding 100 hours of additional content.

Bottom Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) arrives in London (Heathrow).

QANTAS Airways aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

QANTAS Airways sees a 4% drop in its yearly profits

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) reported a four percent drop in its yearly profits to slightly over $100 million (US) for the fiscal year.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. An unusual angle photo of QF’s giant Airbus A380-841 VH-OQC (msn 022) at Sydney.