Qantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4844 times:
Just found this on the Qantas website a short while ago. Guess They're having another crack at Mumbai and Shanghai, this time, non-stop and with a much better product: an updated 743 with 2 class seating and PTVs in Economy rather than 767s. I think it's a potential huge gold-mine given that these are huge cities with a large and untapped markets. Good to see. Perhaps QF is using the Shanghai service as a testing ground for the much talked about new routing SYD-Shanghai-LHR. We shall see.
Qantas to commence services to Mumbai and Shanghai
Sydney, 17 February 2004
Qantas said today it had applied to the International Air Services Commission for the rights to commence non-stop services from Australia to Mumbai in India and Shanghai in China.
The Executive General Manager of Qantas Airlines, John Borghetti, said the Mumbai services would operate three times per week from 1 September 2004 on two-class Boeing 747-300 aircraft.
"These new services will, for the first time, operate non-stop to Mumbai, leaving Sydney on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and landing in Mumbai 11.5 hours later," he said.
Mr Borghetti said Qantas was also finalising plans to fly to Shanghai by the end of 2004.
"India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the burgeoning trade relationship between Australia and India has increased demand for business travel between our two countries," Mr Borghetti said.
"In total, inbound passenger numbers from India to Australia are on the rise.
"We are very excited about renewing our long-standing relationship with India which began in the 1940s, when our services stopped over in Calcutta."
Mr Borghetti said the new services highlighted the fact that Qantas' international operations were recovering from the devastating impact of the Iraq war and SARS.
"While we have been adding capacity to routes we currently serve through more flights and larger aircraft, Qantas is particularly pleased to be able to add new destinations to the Qantas network and provide more opportunities for tourists to come to Australia."
Qantas has recently announced it will:
* commence direct flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles from 14 June, the first time any airline has offered non-stop scheduled services on the route;
* fly non-stop between Perth and Hong Kong, and increase Brisbane-Hong Kong services, from next month; and
* increase capacity from Heathrow following the acquisition of two additional daily slots.
Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3034)
Media Contact: Corporate Communication
Aussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4672 times:
Qantasclub you just beat me to it.
Headline Qantas spreads it's Asian wings
Date February 18th, 2004
Source The Australian
TOURISM officials yesterday welcomed Qantas's moves to start new services to India and China as a significant boost that would encourage more visitors from two of the world's fastest growing economies. Qantas said yesterday it would start non-stop services from Australia to the Indian city of Mumbai and Shanghai in China.
The move is the latest in several international expansion announcements by the airline, including the first non-stop scheduled services between Brisbane and Los Angeles in June.
The Mumbai services will operate three times a week from September 1 and the airline is finalising plans to fly to Shanghai by the end of the year.
"India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the burgeoning trade relationship between Australia and India has increased demand for business travel between our two countries," said Qantas executive general manager John Borghetti. "In total, inbound passenger numbers from India to Australia are on the rise. "
Tourism lobby group TTF Australia said direct flights from Australia to India would be attractive to travellers and had the potential to provide another hub for those travelling from Europe.
The new services would help stimulate tourism growth from both markets, said Australian Tourist Commission managing director Ken Boundy.
ATC marketing programs in India include the appointment of cricketing legend Steve Waugh as Australia's tourism ambassador.
"The new services will provide Indian travellers with the option to fly direct to Australia -- significantly reducing travel time and increasing the appeal of Australia as a holiday destination," he said.
"Visitors from India increased by 32 per cent in December 2003, with 45,600 visitors to Australia last year. "
Mr Boundy said the industry would welcome Qantas's re-entry into the China market, which had rebounded strongly in recent months.
Fantastic news, they are set to resume their services. I think the delay in official announcement for start up dates of the SHA service is their delay for continuing their SHA service to LHR, with it now just awaiting UK approval. That BA would get their cut of the seats I assume their will be little problem as part of their codeshare agreement. If this is the case do they have enough 744 capacity to do this, I suppose they might if all 743's have returned to service.
The Indian Service being non stop should be a potential gold mine, given that that only other airline to offer reasonable services is SQ with good connections. Given that their services are usually booked several months in advance during peak times, this should be quite popular, unless they set their pricing too high.