Qantas lance le vol sans escale le plus long du monde.
Qantas lance le vol sans escale le plus long du monde.
Qantas lance le vol sans escale le plus long du monde.
Qantas lance le vol sans escale le plus long du monde.

Qantas lance le vol sans escale le plus long du monde.
Qantas
customers traveling on the popular Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth route will soon be
able to enjoy the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest
route, with an A380 replacing a B747 from September 2014.

“As part of
our strategy to build a stronger Qantas, we’re reducing the amount of time our
domestic and international fleet spend on the ground,” said Mr Joyce.

“Aircraft
are one of our biggest fixed costs and maximizing the amount of time they spend
in the air is good news for our customers and for Qantas – especially when it
comes to the A380.

“We have
retimed A380 services between Melbourne and London to create a win-win for both
our European and American networks.

“This
schedule change unlocks more A380 flying time that we can use on the Dallas
route, and now offers four times the number of onward connections to Europe
because of the new arrival time of the Melbourne flight into Dubai,” added Mr
Joyce.

Mr Joyce
said constantly improving onward connections was key to delivering a better
flying experience for customers.
“Dallas has
become an important gateway for Qantas customers since we started flying there
in 2011. It is the hub for our partner American Airlines and offers more than
30 destinations beyond the west coast of the United States as well as parts of
Canada and Mexico on their network.

“When you
combine the A380 with the onward connections available from Dallas, this is a
great example of the right aircraft on the right route,” he added.

The
additional range of the A380 over the B747 it replaces on the Dallas route will
see the return service operate direct to Sydney rather than via Brisbane. The
larger aircraft also means Qantas will fly six return services per week between
Sydney and Dallas (every day except Tuesdays) compared to seven days a week
with the B747. This represents a net increase of seats on the route by more
than 10 per cent per week.
Adjustments
will be made to the mix of A380s and B747s flying on the Sydney to Hong Kong
route in order to facilitate the upgrade to Dallas services.

Fleet and
network adjustments are earmarked to save up to $600 million over three years
for the Qantas Group from the overall $2 billion cost reduction target that is
at the centre of the airline’s turnaround plans. Increased aircraft utilization
and accelerated retirement of older, un-reconfigured B747s form part of this.

Last month
Qantas announced a seasonal Perth-Auckland service that uses an A330 aircraft
that previously spent weekends on the ground in Perth, when regular business
travel demand is much lower. In December last year Qantas increased its
Brisbane-Los Angeles schedule to daily.

This month
marks the 60th anniversary of Qantas services to the US. In 1954, Qantas
operated a Super Constellation from Sydney to San Francisco – its first
trans-Pacific route to North America.

Qantas has
worked closely with its tourism partners, Destination NSW and Sydney
International Airport to secure its new A380 Dallas/Fort Worth service, and
previously Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Airport Corporation to
secure its daily Los Angeles service.

Qantas
customers traveling on the popular Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth route will soon be
able to enjoy the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest
route, with an A380 replacing a B747 from September 2014.

Qantas
Group CEO Alan Joyce said the new A380 service was the result of several
scheduling changes designed to unlock more flying time, as flagged in February
this year under the Qantas Transformation Program.

“As part of
our strategy to build a stronger Qantas, we’re reducing the amount of time our
domestic and international fleet spend on the ground,” said Mr Joyce.

“Aircraft
are one of our biggest fixed costs and maximizing the amount of time they spend
in the air is good news for our customers and for Qantas – especially when it
comes to the A380.

“We have
retimed A380 services between Melbourne and London to create a win-win for both
our European and American networks.

“This
schedule change unlocks more A380 flying time that we can use on the Dallas
route, and now offers four times the number of onward connections to Europe
because of the new arrival time of the Melbourne flight into Dubai,” added Mr
Joyce.

Mr Joyce
said constantly improving onward connections was key to delivering a better
flying experience for customers.

“Dallas has
become an important gateway for Qantas customers since we started flying there
in 2011. It is the hub for our partner American Airlines and offers more than
30 destinations beyond the west coast of the United States as well as parts of
Canada and Mexico on their network.

“When you
combine the A380 with the onward connections available from Dallas, this is a
great example of the right aircraft on the right route,” he added.

The
additional range of the A380 over the B747 it replaces on the Dallas route will
see the return service operate direct to Sydney rather than via Brisbane. The
larger aircraft also means Qantas will fly six return services per week between
Sydney and Dallas (every day except Tuesdays) compared to seven days a week
with the B747. This represents a net increase of seats on the route by more
than 10 per cent per week.

Adjustments
will be made to the mix of A380s and B747s flying on the Sydney to Hong Kong
route in order to facilitate the upgrade to Dallas services.

Fleet and
network adjustments are earmarked to save up to $600 million over three years
for the Qantas Group from the overall $2 billion cost reduction target that is
at the centre of the airline’s turnaround plans. Increased aircraft utilization
and accelerated retirement of older, un-reconfigured B747s form part of this.

Last month
Qantas announced a seasonal Perth-Auckland service that uses an A330 aircraft
that previously spent weekends on the ground in Perth, when regular business
travel demand is much lower. In December last year Qantas increased its
Brisbane-Los Angeles schedule to daily.

This month
marks the 60th anniversary of Qantas services to the US. In 1954, Qantas
operated a Super Constellation from Sydney to San Francisco – its first
trans-Pacific route to North America.

Qantas has
worked closely with its tourism partners, Destination NSW and Sydney
International Airport to secure its new A380 Dallas/Fort Worth service, and
previously Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Airport Corporation to
secure its daily Los Angeles service.

ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION

– The first
A380 flight on the QF7/8 Sydney-Dallas route will operate on 29 September 2014.
This will be the first time Qantas has offered First Class on this route.

– The new
schedule for the QF9 Melbourne-Dubai-London is effective from 20 July 2014. The
flight will depart Melbourne each day at 22:55, arrive into Dubai at 07:05 and
land in London at 13:40. On the return journey on 21 July, QF10 will depart
London at 13:30, arrive into Dubai at 23;25 and land in Melbourne at 20:55.
Customers with existing bookings will be contacted by Qantas or their Travel
Agent and advised of their new flight times.

– Customers
traveling from Melbourne to Europe will have access to 17 round-trip
connections within four hours of landing, compared with 4 under the current
timings.

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