Qantas Airways Adds Flights Between Los Angeles and Sydney During Peak Holiday Travel Period

Los Angeles, 1 November 2005

To keep up with peak holiday demand for international travel to Australia and beyond during the popular winter travel season, Qantas Airways today announced it would add an additional round-trip flight between Los Angeles and Sydney each Tuesday for six weeks during December 2005 and January 2006. The enhanced schedule will provide more than 2,000 additional seats to Australia throughout the busiest season of the year. The additional flights operate every Tuesday from December 20, 2005 to January 24, 2006.

"Qantas’ goal is to be responsive to travelers’ needs by providing increased choices of flights and more flexible conditions to enhance their travel experiences during this busy holiday season," said Howard Goldberg, Qantas Airways vice president sales and marketing, The Americas. "With the increased schedule, travelers planning flights to Australia during the peak travel periods can spend more time enjoying the holidays and much less time planning their itineraries to find an available flight," he added.

This additional scheduled flight will operate with Qantas Boeing 747-400 aircraft each Tuesday. QF flight 250 departs Los Angeles at 12:50 p.m. and arrives in Sydney at 11:20 p.m., plus one. QF flight 249 departs Sydney at 2:20 p.m. and arrives in Los Angeles at 8:50 a.m. the same day. Direct connections to and from most North American cities are available.

The flights feature the Skybed business class sleeper seat, at 6 feet 6.5 inches long and 23.5 wide when fully reclined to eight degrees, giving passengers a relaxing and comfortable new flying experience. On board, passengers can also enjoy the award winning in-flight entertainment system with personal seat back screens for all classes offering a variety of movie, TV, video and audio choices. As an added benefit, all international flights on Qantas from the U.S. feature complimentary bar and meal service.

Qantas offers more non-stop flights to Australia than any other carrier, and upon arrival, the most convenient connections to more than 50 domestic Australian destinations. Qantas services between the U.S. and Australia will increase to a record 42 flights per week when the airline commences new non-stop service from San Francisco to Sydney beginning March 29, 2006.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 140 destinations in 40 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia with more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier and provides convenient connections from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (effective March 29, 2006) and Honolulu to Indonesia, India and South Africa via the Sydney hub. Named Airline of the Year 2004 by Air Transport World magazine, Qantas Airways has long been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well as on the ground. Qantas' Skybed received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum 2004 Good Design Award for its sleeper seat, which has just been introduced in the North American market.

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