Australian Carriers Expand In Asia

Australian carriers Qantas and Jetstar continue their Asian expansion with new connections between Australia, China and Vietnam. The Flying Kangaroo has relaunched direct services to Beijing, while its low cost affiliate is to fly to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time.


Qantas Launches Sydney – Beijing

After a hiatus of 8 years, Qantas returns to Beijing with new daily flights between Sydney and the Chinese capital.


Flight QF 107 departs Kingsford Smith International Airport at 1350 hrs, landing at Beijing Capital International Airport’s Terminal 3 at 2240 hrs. The return flight, QF 108, is wheels up at 0015 hrs (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) / 0020 hrs (Thursday and Sunday) for an afternoon arrival back in Sydney at 1455 hrs. The inbound flights are also timed to connect with Qantas’ domestic network to onward destinations including Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne, as well as trans-Tasman services to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.


Beijing becomes Qantas’ third destination in Greater China, joining Shanghai and Hong Kong. Qantas will initially deploy a 235-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, providing an additional 3,300 weekly seats to the market.


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Jetstar Plans Ho Chi Minh City Services

Jetstar has announced it will launch its first Vietnamese services this year, connecting Melbourne (3 times a week) and Sydney (4 times a week) with Ho Chi Minh City.


Beginning 10 May 2017, flight JQ 063 will take off from Melbourne at 1515 hrs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays bound for Vietnam, arriving in Ho Chi Minh City at 2105 hrs. The return flight, JQ 064, departs Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 2235 hrs to fly south overnight, landing back in Melbourne at 1010 hrs the next morning.


Operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, flight JQ 061 departs Sydney at 1845 hrs and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 0030 hrs the next day. The aircraft turns around to operate the return JQ 062 service, taking off from Vietnam at 0200 hrs and arriving back in Sydney at 1340 hrs.


All services will be operated using Jetstar’s largest aircraft, the 335-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with the low cost carrier targeting leisure travellers and the large Vietnamese community in Australia. From Ho Chi Minh City, travellers can fly to another 15 destinations within the country on Jetstar Pacific, the local joint venture between the Qantas Group and Vietnam Airlines.


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