Qantas Increases Flights to UK and Europe Including New Sydney-Hong Kong-London Services

SYDNEY, 29 October 2004

Qantas will significantly boost capacity between Australia and the United Kingdom from Sunday with the introduction of new Sydney-Hong Kong-London and Perth-Singapore-London services.

Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said that from 31 October, Qantas would operate three Sydney-Hong Kong-London flights each week and three Perth-Singapore-London services each week.

"These six new flights to London will increase the number of UK services offered by Qantas from 21 a week to 27 a week," Mr Borghetti said.

"This will mean nearly 2,300 more seats to London on our fleet of three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft which feature the award winning Skybed sleeper seat and our renowned International Business Class product."

Mr Borghetti said the new services to London via Hong Kong meant that Qantas customers now had access to the UK and Europe via three Asian ports - Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong has been a popular Qantas destination in its own right for a long time and now it will also be available as a stop over destination to Europe," Mr Borghetti said.

Qantas will add a fourth weekly service to the UK via Hong Kong in 2005 and has approval to operate a further three services from April 2006.

Mr Borghetti said that daily Qantas/Air France codeshare services between Australia and Paris via Singapore would also begin on 31 October.

"We are very pleased to be entering into our first codeshare relationship with Air France," Mr Borghetti said. "This arrangement allows Qantas to maintain a strong presence in the important French market."

Customers will fly on Qantas services between Australia and Singapore and then connect to daily Air France flights between Singapore and Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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