Qantas has begun operating its Sydney – Beijing flights just in time for the Chinese New Year, marking the revival of the service since the airline initially scrapped it eight years ago. Launched as part of the flag carrier’s strategy to boost the Australia – China travel market and expand its network in the broader Asian region, the service provides Beijing-based travelers a direct gateway to Australia. Inbound flights are scheduled with the airline’s domestic network and trans-Tasman services in mind, allowing passengers easy access to destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. The 12-hour route is operated using the Airbus A330-200, seating a total of 235 passengers.
“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,” says CEO Alan Joyce (pictured above). The Chinese capital is Qantas’ third destination in Greater China after Shanghai and Hong Kong.
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