Qantas customers will have more options for travel to Asia in 2016 as the airline adds flights to meet growing demand on the Sydney-Hong Kong and Perth-Singapore routes.*
The schedule changes will take effect from December 2015 onwards:
· Qantas will add a Tuesday and Thursday service between Perth and Singapore on a year round basis, using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. This will take the operation from five per week to daily with the additional services beginning on December 1st 2015.
· Qantas will operate a second service on a Friday between Sydney and Hong Kong from 11th December to the 23rd March, taking the operation from 11 to 12 services per week, offering double daily flights on Monday to Friday. A combination of refurbished Boeing 747 and Airbus 330 aircraft will operate this route, with selected services during Christmas and the Lunar New Year being upgauged to an A380 during these peak times.
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said Qantas was taking the opportunity to respond to significant demand on routes that are performing strongly through increased aircraft utilisation.
“We’re seeing Australian companies continue to expand their business in Asia, while the lower dollar is making Australia an even more attractive place to visit,” said Mr Evans.
“It’s about being agile to adjust to changes in the market where it’s needed – and we’re able to do that by maximising the utilisation of our large, varied fleet. Because this growth is coming from increased fleet utilisation, it is a very cost efficient way to meet that rising demand.
“Sydney-Hong Kong is a busy trade corridor and we’re delighted to be able to give business travellers and holidaymakers more choice of flights on this route.
“Perth-Singapore has been a success story since Qantas flights resumed in June. We’ve had fantastic backing from the community and the time is right to go daily all year round.
“Asia is a strategic priority for Qantas and we’re going to continue to support Australia’s growth in the region by maximising our fleet, deepening our partnerships, and offering what we believe is the best premium service in the market.”
Fares will go on sale progressively from today at qantas.com. *Some services remain subject to regulatory approval.