Qantas customers can ‘fly now, pay later’ with a new payment option helping them make up for lost time and travel more as destinations reopen.
Qantas has reached an agreement to fully acquire Australian-based operator, Alliance Aviation Services Ltd (ASX: AQZ) (Alliance), enabling the national carrier to better serve the growing resources sector.
Qantas plans to conquer the final frontier of long-haul travel with non-stop flights from Sydney to London and New York. The Australian flag carrier said the 20-hour journeys will become possible when it takes delivery of a dozen Airbus A350-1000s, which can fly more than 10,000 miles without refuelling.
Residents of Albury-Wodonga will be able to take advantage of a direct link to South Australia this winter as Qantas launches a new seasonal route between Adelaide and the border city.
Qantas has selected the Airbus A320neo and Airbus A220 as the preferred aircraft for the long-term renewal of its domestic narrow-body fleet.
Qantas has confirmed it will operate its flagship direct route from Australia to London via Darwin when international flights resume next month with the reopening of the border.
The deal means customers and frequent flyers of both airlines will have access to an expansive joint network across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.
The news comes in response to an announcement from the Australian federal government that the country will reopen its border from November.
Qantas has posted an AUS$2.6 billion (£1.2 billion) full-year loss for 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. However, with vaccination increasing, the carrier is preparing to return later this year.
There will be exemptions for those who are unable to be jabbed for documented medical reasons, though this is expected to be “very rare”. The process will be complete by March next year.
Around 2,500 frontline Qantas and Jetstar employees will be stood down for an estimated two months in response to ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks in Australia.
The carrier last operated mystery flights in the 1990s when travellers would turn up at the airport and be allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations.