Qantas announced plans to launch twice weekly Melbourne-Shanghai
service from March 2008, with two-class A330 aircraft fitted with Qantas Skybeds
in Business class, operating from Shanghai on Mondays and Fridays.
Executive General Manager, John Borghetti, stated, "Qantas has been steadily developing its China operations since we commenced services there in 2004 with three flights a week to Shanghai. From March 2008, we will offer 10 return services a week to China – five between Sydney and Shanghai, our two new Melbourne-Shanghai services, and three between Sydney and Beijing – in addition to offering two codeshare services with China Eastern Airlines.
However, the China Eastern codeshare agreement could be under threat if Singapore Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, is successful in its acquisition of a strategic shareholding of the Shanghai-based carrier, which has several oneworld alignments.