QANTAS Airways has announced Hong Kong as the next destination for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
From December 2018*, customers travelling on selected QANTAS flights to Hong Kong will experience the Dreamliner’s next generation Economy, Premium Economy and Business class cabins:
The changes are timed with the arrival of QANTAS’ eighth Dreamliner and will join the national carrier’s Airbus A330 and A380 aircraft that also fly to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong joins Los Angeles, New York, London and San Francisco as international destinations served by the QANTAS Dreamliner, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replaces the 747 on key routes.
QANTAS’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across three cabins. It features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom.
QANTAS will also bring forward the peak season upgrade of one of its two daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights from a 747 to the A380 aircraft to early December, offering four cabins on the route including First Class through to the end of March 2019.
Summary of changes
|Brisbane – Hong Kong (QF97/98)||Daily||789 to operate one day per week from 19 December 2018, increasing to two days per week from 30 January 2019. A330 to operate all other days.|
|Melbourne – Hong Kong (QF29/30)||Daily||789 to operate five days per week from 13 December 2018, increasing to six days per week from 28 January to 29 March 2019. A330 to operate all other days.|
|Sydney – Hong Kong (QF127/128 and QF117/118)||Double daily||789 to operate six days per week from 30 March 2019. A330 to operate all other services, with A380 operating daily during peak season.|
Fares for 787 flights to Hong Kong are available viaand through Travel Agents progressively from today.
*Subject to Government and regulatory approvals.
In other news, QANTAS Freight will launch a new direct seasonal freight service from Darwin to Hong Kong*, supporting producers in Northern Australia to respond to growing demand from Asia.
The new service – which will be the only direct cargo link between the Northern Territory and Hong Kong – will provide capacity to carry up to 50 tonnes of fresh produce such as chilled meat, seafood, dairy, fruit and vegetables, as well as general cargo. It will provide local producers with the opportunity to get their products into Asia faster and fresher, potentially extending the shelf life and profitability of quality Australian exports.
Commencing in late August, the weekly Boeing 767-300F service will depart Darwin on Sunday night and arrive in Hong Kong six hours later at 11pm local time.
The QANTAS Group is a long-term investor in the Northern Territory, stimulating tourism and providing vital connectivity for the region. In FY17, the QANTAS Group contributed more than $150 million to the Territory economy, including employing 400 people locally as well as tourists spending with local businesses.
QANTAS currently carries freight to over 20 destinations in Asia, including locations in China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.