Qantas to Add More Dallas/Fort Worth Flights

Perth, Australia - June 17, 2012

Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to daily services from 1 July 2012.

Qantas began flying to DFW in May 2011, giving visitors from across North America unprecedented access to Australia via one of America's leading hub airports. After launching the route with four flights per week, frequencies were increased to six per week in January - and will now move to daily, reflecting strong demand for the services.

The route is served by a three-class Boeing 747-400ER. Outbound services from Australia operate direct from Sydney to DFW, while return services operate via Brisbane.

DFW is home to Qantas' oneworld partner American Airlines, and the two carriers have established a joint business agreement to deliver lower fares, better connections and other benefits for consumers flying between the United States and Australia/New Zealand.

Flights to DFW and the American Airlines alliance are part of Qantas' international strategy to serve key global hubs and develop stronger relationships with airline partners.

Qantas' Executive Manager, Stephen Thompson, said the demand for flights to DFW had been extremely pleasing.

"We are delighted to be offering more frequent flights to Dallas/Fort Worth after a successful first year of operation on the route," Mr Thompson said.

"This announcement is all about putting our gateway strategy into action and building a stronger Qantas International for our customers.

"As a perfectly located hub airport less than four hours from every major US city, DFW offers excellent connections to Australia for American visitors.

"We codeshare with American Airlines on flights from around 60 destinations into DFW, tapping into an enormous inbound tourism market.

"Since launching our joint business agreement with American Airlines earlier this year, we have worked closely together to maximise tourism and trade between Australia and the United States.

"With additional capacity on the route we look forward to bringing even more US visitors to Australia and onward throughout Qantas' unmatched Australian domestic network."

About Qantas:

Qantas features for trans-Pacific International Economy passengers departing on US mainland flights include award-winning service; enhanced food and bar service, blankets and pillows and over 500 on-demand entertainment options with a personal, in-seat interactive video screen.

Qantas' Premium Economy cabin, on select flights departing the US mainland, is hosted by a dedicated flight attendant and offers extra comfort, space and seat recline. Premium Economy passengers will enjoy priority check-in, boarding and disembarkation, a premium food and wine selection and an in-arm digital touch screen to enjoy the hundreds of entertainment options.

Features for Qantas Business passengers departing from the US mainland include: award-winning Qantas Business service; access to the deluxe Qantas Business lounges in Sydney and Melbourne and partner lounges stateside; an enhanced Skybed sleeper seat designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, with ergonomically-enhanced cushioning; a 12-inch in-arm touch screen system to enjoy Qantas' outstanding entertainment program ; dining options from five-course dinners to a la carte menus to Room Service breakfasts designed by leading Australian Chef Neil Perry; and a luxury amenity pack, featuring premium comforts to enhance the flight experience.

Qantas First Class, on select flights departing the US mainland, offers the ultimate luxury in an exclusive cabin with fully flat beds complemented by luxurious soft furnishings on all aircrafts. In First, restaurant-style menus are designed by renowned Australian chef and restaurateur Neil Perry. First customers can enjoy an eight course tasting menu on some sectors. Dedicated cabin crew are trained in premium service, food preparation and wine knowledge. First customers receive premium pajamas, slippers and First Amenity Kits by Payot Paris. Qantas First customers can check in up to 60 minutes before flight departure at the dedicated First check-in counter and take advantage of generous baggage allowances.

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