Ansett International has announced that it will begin non-stop flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong on November 1.
Ansett will operate four non-stop services a week from Melbourne to Hong Kong using a 214 seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft, after receiving regulatory approval to operate supplementary services for a three month period. The airline is seeking regulatory approval to operate these services on a permanent basis.
Ansett International General Manager, Garry Kingshott, said the new route marked the first step in the expansion of Ansett's international network since the integration of Ansett and Air New Zealand began. "Today's announcement is an early sign of the Group's commitment that growth opportunities into and out of Australia will be primarily be exercised by Ansett International," he said.
The Bracks Government welcomed the announcement as great news for Victoria. The new non-stop flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong will bring Victorian businesses closer to one of the world's most important trade centres, and increase opportunities to market Victoria as a tourist destination.
Non-stop flights will depart Melbourne on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1.30 pm, arriving in Hong Kong at 7.45 pm. Sunday's departure time will be 11.05 am, arriving in Hong Kong at 5.20 pm.
Excellent connections to Hong Kong via Melbourne are also available from Adelaide, Launceston and Hobart. Connections to Europe and China are available with Ansett's Star Alliance partners.
Ansett Global Rewards members will receive double Global Rewards points when they fly on the new service between 1 November and 15 December, regardless of the fare paid and class of travel. Membership in Ansett's Global Rewards frequent flyer program is free of charge.