Qantas Gives Asia the Nod

Qantas has announced a series of improvements to its international network, as part of a phased approach aimed at delivering the best offering of any airline flying between Australia and Asia.
The improvements - the first of which take effect from the end of this month - will be rolled out in four phases. The improvements include stronger links to the key hubs of Singapore and Hong Kong, including better frequency and timings as well as increased dedicated capacity; an enhanced customer experience, with improvements to cabins, in-flight entertainment, and lounges; and an expanded network within Asia through local partners such as Japan Airlines, China Eastern, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines. The airline will also be investigating an increase in destinations to Asia using the Qantas Group's B787-9 options from 2016, including Beijing, Seoul, Mumbai, Delhi and Tokyo-Haneda.
The new Qantas lounge in Singapore will open on March 31 and the new Hong Kong First lounge is scheduled to open this September. A total of AU$9 million has been invested in the upgrades.

“Through a combination of Qantas, Jetstar and our partners we aim to provide the best travel options between Australia and Asia, all linked to one of the world's leading frequent flyer programs,” says Simon Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International. “Our first step has been to restructure existing services to Asia now that they are no longer tied to onward links to Europe. The number of dedicated seats on Qantas services to Hong Kong and Singapore is increasing significantly, because capacity previously set aside for customers going to Europe via these hubs can be freed up.”

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