Qantas confirmed today it would begin flying between Sydney and London via Hong Kong from 2 November, 2004. The International Air Services Commission (IASC) has granted approval for Qantas to operate three weekly services via Hong Kong this year and a fourth service in 2005. The approval also includes three additional weekly services to the UK via Hong Kong from the end of March 2006, bringing the total to seven.
Qantas Greater China General Manager Freddy Li said the three new Hong Kong services, operating as QF29 and QF30, on three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft would feature the award-winning sleeper seat Skybed in Business Class.
From this November, Qantas will operate a total of 27 services to the UK each week via three Asian ports - Singapore (17), Bangkok (seven) and Hong Kong (three). This will increase to 28 in 2005 with the addition of a fourth service via Hong Kong.
“Operating via Hong Kong is an exciting development and another new international route for the Qantas Group,” Mr Li said.
“Qantas has been flying to Hong Kong for 55 years and we are confident that our new flights will provide even more opportunities for tourists to travel to Hong Kong or stop-over on their way to Europe.”