Qantas to begin services to Canada

Sydney, 21 November 2005

Qantas will begin operating seasonal services between Australia and Vancouver from 14 June to 13 August 2006.

The Executive General Manager of Qantas, Mr John Borghetti, said the new service would boost tourism in both Canada and Australia.

"These services will operate during the traditional peak travel season in both hemispheres, and will be first step towards establishing year-round Qantas flights to Canada."

Qantas will offer three services per-week between Sydney and Vancouver via San Francisco, operating three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft fitted with Qantas' award-winning Skybed in Business Class.

The services will operate from Sydney on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 1.55 pm and arrive in San Francisco at 10.15 am, then depart at 12.05 pm and arrive in Vancouver at 2.20 pm.

Same-day return services will depart Vancouver at 6.30 pm, arrive in San Francisco at 8.50 pm, and then depart at 10.40 pm to arrive in Sydney at 6.15 am two days later.

Qantas will also operate services to Vancouver for the December 2006 and January 2007 period to meet the high levels of demand associated with the North American ski season. Flights go on sale next month.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas had also added extra services between Australia and the USA between December and February to cater for peak season demand.

The airline will provide an additional weekly service between Sydney and Los Angeles for nine weeks from December 2005 until February 2006 - providing more than 6,000 additional seats between Australia and USA during the busy holiday season.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3356)