Qantas to Beijing
Qantas will have set the cat among the pigeons with its announcement of new daily Sydney-beijing flights which debut in just two months. The route, exclusively revealed by Travel Daily two days before its official announcement, will be operated from 25 January using QF’S existing A330 product. Qantas ceo Alan Joyce flagged a strong focus on the booming inbound Chinese market, with the flights from Beijing to Sydney timed for easy connections with the Qantas domestic network across Australia. Tourism Australia will market the new services heavily, alongside a Qantas pitch that “if you want to experience the best of Australia, your trip should start with the national carrier”. The expansion of QF’S presence in China comes along with more codeshares with China Eastern including routes from Sydney to Kunming and Hangzhou as well as Brisbane-shanghai.