Qantas Withdraws Services To India

Sydney, 06 February 2002

Qantas Airways announced today that it would withdraw all services to India from 31 March 2002 and also defer the delivery of three Airbus A330 aircraft.

Qantas currently operates five return services each week between Sydney and Mumbai via Singapore.

Qantas Chief Financial Officer Peter Gregg said the decision to withdraw services to India followed a comprehensive review of the airline's international network.

"We continually scrutinise every route in the Qantas network to ensure we are managing our operations efficiently," Mr Gregg said. "This process has been particularly important following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and the consequent action in Afghanistan.

"The decision to withdraw services to India follows the reduction of flights to Rome, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Manila and Buenos Aires."

Mr Gregg said the withdrawal of services to India would allow Qantas to transfer Boeing 767s from international to domestic operations.

Qantas had therefore decided to defer the delivery of three Airbus A330 aircraft that were to be delivered in mid-2003.

Mr Gregg said the first four Airbus A330s would be delivered as planned, between November 2002 and early 2003.

"Qantas has a comprehensive and flexible long-term fleet strategy and is continuing to modernise its fleet," Mr Gregg said.

Earlier this week, the first of Qantas' New Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, featuring distinctive 2.5-metre winglets painted in the traditional Qantas red livery, entered commercial service. Qantas will add a total of 15 new Boeing 737-800s to its fleet this year.

Qantas also plans to introduce six Boeing 747-400ER aircraft, which have a longer range than conventional 747 aircraft, into its fleet commencing later this year.

Qantas recently retired two Boeing 747-SP aircraft, amongst the oldest in its fleet, and has announced that it will retire four Boeing 747-200s later this year.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2617)