Qantas Airways to Commence New Services Between U.S. and Australia, Totaling A Record 47 Per Week

LOS ANGELES - March 18, 2008

Qantas Airways announced it would operate a record 47 flights between the U.S. and Australia each week, when it commences new services to Brisbane and Sydney beginning 27 March 2008.

The new services will include adding:

  • two flights per week between Los Angeles and Brisbane from March 27 and April 1;
  • one flight per week between Los Angeles and Sydney from March 30; and
  • one flight per week between Honolulu and Sydney from April 5.

Qantas Executive General Manager, Mr. John Borghetti, said the airline was strongly committed to growing its U.S. services.

"This latest increase in capacity confirms our confidence in the growth potential of this important
international route," Mr. Borghetti said.

"The additional services will see Qantas offer a daily, non-stop service to Brisbane," said Wally R. Mariani, Qantas Airways Senior Executive Vice President, The Americas and Pacific. "These additional flights will add around 1,300 seats each week on the route, providing new travel opportunities for visitors to Australia," Mariani added.

In addition to Qantas services between the U.S. and Australia, the airline also offers customers access to an extensive network of Canadian and Mexican destinations.

With codeshare partners American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Mexicana, Qantas customers can connect from major destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Qantas also codeshares on LAN services between Sydney and Santiago, Chile, and has just announced it will commence services to South America, with flights from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Sydney. Qantas will operate these services on B747-400 aircraft on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning November 24, 2008.

Following the commencement of the new U.S. services, Qantas will offer:

  • 17 flights per week from Los Angeles to Sydney;
  • 14 flights per week from Los Angeles to Melbourne;
  • a daily flight from Los Angeles and Brisbane;
  • five flights per week from San Francisco to Sydney;
  • a daily flight from New York to Sydney, via Los Angeles; and
  • four flights per week from Honolulu to Sydney.

Further enhancing its U.S. services in October, Qantas will operate its first A380 flights between Los Angeles and Australia.

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 140 destinations in 37 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways celebrates 54 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. For more information about Qantas Airways, 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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