Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017
Australia’s Qantas Airlines has commenced new flights linking Sydney with Beijing. The new service aims to help power the Australia-China travel boom and marks the Australian airliner’s next step in its Chinese growth strategy, Xinhua News reported.
“It’s the perfect time for Qantas to fly to Beijing. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is hitting its stride and China is on track to become the number one source of visitors to Australia within the next year or so,” Qantas’ CEO Alan Joyce said.
“What’s really exciting is the potential we see for the future. We now have the Qantas Group’s biggest ever network in Greater China, and our goal is to make our Beijing route a flagship corridor for tourism and trade.”
Beijing is Qantas’ third destination in China, in addition to Shanghai and Hong Kong. The new service gives the capital’s residents a direct gateway to Australia.
Flights to Australia on the new route are timed to connect with Qantas’ domestic network to popular onward destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart, as well as the airline’s Tasman services to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
Qantas operates a 235 seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the Sydney-Beijing route.
The Jetstar Group of airlines offers more than 30 return flights a week into eight Chinese cities from Singapore and Vietnam.
The route launch follows the beginning of Melbourne-Tokyo Narita flights before Christmas and the announcement of a new Jetstar service between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh city, to begin in May 2017.
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