Qantas to increase Melbourne and Jo’burg services


Tourism Australia MD Andrew McEvoy with Qantas’ Alan Joyce and Rob Gurney

Qantas have announced at ATE 2010 plans to introduce daily A380 services from Melbourne and step up the number of its flights from Sydney to Johannesburg.

At first, the carrier will increase its existing two return A380 services between Melbourne and London via Singapore to five services a week after it receives delivery of its eighth A380.

After its ninth A380 is delivered, Qantas will operate six services a week and then daily services when its tenth arrives.

The ninth and tenth A380 will also increase the carrier’s Melbourne – Los Angeles services by four and then six services a week.

“Melbourne- Los Angeles is an equally important trunk route for Qantas, so we have also targeted an increased frequency of A380 services to serve this market” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said on Monday.

Qantas said it expected to take delivery of its seventh A380 in the final quarter of 2010 and to have received its tenth by March 2011.

The carrier will also introduce an extra Boeing 747 on its Sydney-Johannesburg route and will operate a daily schedule from 21 September this year. South African Airways will codeshare on the daily services.

“South Africa is an important market for Qantas, particularly for business travel and it is important for us to offer our customers the flexibility of daily services”

To celebrate the daily service, Qantas have released special fares for its Economy and Premium Economy cabins.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
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