Qantas adds flights to Hong Kong from Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne

Sydney, 04 December 2003

Qantas said today it would commence non-stop flights between Perth and Hong Kong and increase Brisbane-Hong Kong services from March 2004.

In addition, non-stop Qantas flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong will increase from five per week to a daily service from January.

The new Perth-Hong Kong service will begin on 29 March with three direct flights each week and the Brisbane-Hong Kong flights will be boosted from three to four per week from 30 March.

Executive General Manager of Qantas Airlines John Borghetti said Qantas would be offering more non-stop flights to Hong Kong than it did pre-SARS.

"These flights will provide a significant boost to Australian tourism and improve services for business travellers," he said.

"The flights from Perth and Brisbane will initially be operated by Boeing 767 aircraft and provide more than 900 seats each week. From August 2004, Qantas will introduce new Airbus A330-300 aircraft with the state-of-the-art sleeper seat, Skybed, in Business Class.

"Once the A330-300s begin operating from Perth and Brisbane to Hong Kong there will be a further boost to capacity with these larger aircraft able to carry almost 480 extra passengers each week."

Flights from Perth to Hong Kong will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while Brisbane services will depart on Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3004)