Qantas Airways Receives Special Commendation From San Francisco Board Of Supervisors

Los Angeles, March 2, 2006

To recognize Qantas Airways' upcoming launch of non-stop flights between San Francisco, California, and sister city Sydney, Australia, San Francisco Supervisor and Board President Aaron Peskin presented a special commendation to Qantas Airways Vice President Peter McLaughlin. Supporters at City Hall turned up for the occasion in anticipation of the airline's March 29, 2006 inauguration of service, which further strengthens ties between the two world-class cities. San Francisco residents and businesses alike will benefit from the economic contributions resulting from Qantas' new service, which is expected to generate more than $88 million in business revenue each year and 1,400 jobs, according to the Bay Area Economic Forum.

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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