Qantas said it has plans to launch daily flights between Sydney and Beijing beginning January 25, 2017, with services to the Chinese capital, the next step in the group´s strategy to tap into the growth of the Australia-China travel market, the company said.
The company said the new service will operate into Beijing Capital International Airport, using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with return flights timed to connect with Qantas´ extensive domestic and trans-Tasman network. It marks Qantas´ return to the route for the first time since 2009 and makes Beijing the national carrier´s third destination in Greater China, including its existing daily return services to Shanghai and 28 return services a week to Hong Kong.
The new Beijing-Sydney service is part of the expansion of Qantas´ joint venture partnership with China Eastern which will also see three international codeshare routes between Australia and China being added under their strengthened agreement: Sydney-Hangzhou, Sydney-Kunming and Brisbane-Shanghai. China Eastern will codeshare on Qantas´ new Beijing service.
Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, Qantas is a large long-distance airline carrier in Australia that provides air service on Quantas and Jetstar.