Qantas Airways Expands U.S. Schedule

LOS ANGELES - June 7, 2007

As part of an overall international flight schedule expansion to meet rising demand, Qantas Airways announced it will again increase its current U.S. services to Australia effective March 2008. Two new additional weekly non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Brisbane will provide travelers with the enhanced convenience of daily service. The Qantas schedule will also increase its services between Los Angeles and Sydney, which will result in a total of 17 weekly services.

This latest schedule expansion brings the total number of non-stop services between the U.S. and Australia to an all time high of 46 flights per week, including the daily non-stop service Qantas now offers between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand.

"Qantas will have doubled its non-stop services between mainland USA and Australia in less than five years and our continuing schedule increases in this important market are a clear indication of the ongoing commitment we have made to provide the most choice, comfort and convenience to our North American travelers," said Wally R. Mariani, Qantas Airways Senior Executive Vice President, The Americas and Pacific. "Since inaugurating the San Francisco gateway last year with three weekly flights, we've now increased it to five per week as a direct result of our customer feedback. Similarly in New York, customer preference was to provide daily frequency so we have announced more new flights to provide daily service from New York effective August 14," he added.

Qantas continues to operate more non-stop flights between the United States and Australia and New Zealand than any other airline and provides excellent onward connections to more than 50 domestic Australian destinations and four in New Zealand.

The newly enhanced Qantas schedule includes:

  • Increasing to daily service between Los Angeles and Brisbane effective March 27, 2008;
  • Increasing to 17 weekly flights between Los Angeles and Sydney effective March 30, 2008;
  • Increasing to daily service from New York to Sydney via Los Angeles effective August 14, 2007;
  • 38 flights per week from Los Angeles to Australia and New Zealand;
  • Five weekly flights from San Francisco;
  • Three weekly flights from Honolulu; and
  • Three flights per week from Vancouver via San Francisco, operated seasonally between June 13 and August 12, 2007 and December 16, 2007 and January 27, 2008.

All Qantas Airways transpacific flights include complimentary meals, bar service and award winning in-flight entertainment featuring personal seat-back TV screens in all classes with over 400 choices on demand.

Qantas U.S. mainland departures to Australia all feature international business class service, including the only award-winning Skybed business class sleeper seat on these routes. Qantas is scheduled to be the first airline to fly the Airbus A380 aircraft from the U.S. to Australia in the last quarter of 2008.

For detailed flight schedules and availability, travelers may contact a travel professional, Qantas Airways reservations at 1 800 227 4609 or visit qantas.com/us.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 142 destinations in 40 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia. Offering more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier, Qantas provides convenient connections from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. Recently acknowledged with the 2006 Avion Award for Best Overall In-flight Entertainment, Qantas has long been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well as on the ground. Qantas' Business class Skybed sleeper seat received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum 2004 Good Design Award, and its creator Marc Newson, was just named Designer of the Year by Design Miami.

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