Qantas to Introduce Fourth Sydney-Hong Kong-London Service

Sydney, 16 March 2005

Qantas will further boost capacity between Australia and the United Kingdom later this year, when it introduces a fourth weekly Sydney-Hong Kong-London service.

Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the new service would commence on 13 November and bring the total number of Qantas services between Australia and the UK each week to 28.

"Qantas significantly increased capacity on the highly competitive Kangaroo Route late last year, with the introduction of three Sydney-Hong Kong-London flights and three Perth-Singapore-London services each week," Mr Borghetti said.

"A key part of the Qantas Group strategy is to increase capacity to key markets, including the UK, and we have been very pleased with the performance of these new services."

Qantas has approval to operate a further three services to the UK via Hong Kong from April 2006, enabling the airline to offer daily flights on the route.

"In November last year, Qantas added nearly 2,300 seats each week between Australia and the UK and Europe. This new service will add another 380 seats and further establish Hong Kong as a great stopover option for Australian travellers alongside Singapore and Bangkok," Mr Borghetti said

The new QF29 service will depart Sydney on Sundays and be operated by three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft which feature the award winning Skybed sleeper seat.

The three existing QF29 services operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3241)