31-May-2010 11:51 AM

Qantas to increase A380 services from Melbourne, increase BA codeshare services

Qantas announced (31-May-2010) the following route network plans:

  • Melbourne A380 services: plans to introduce daily A380 service on its Melbourne-London route and six times weekly A380 service on Melbourne-Los Angeles route. At present, two return services between Melbourne and London via Singapore each week are operated by the A380. This will increase to five services a week after Qantas’ eighth A380 is delivered, six services a week after its ninth is delivered and daily services when its 10th A380 arrives. Melbourne-Los Angeles services operated by the A380 will increase to four a week with the delivery of Qantas’ ninth A380 and to six a week after its 10th is delivered. Qantas has six A380s in service. It expects to take delivery of its seventh in 4Q2010, enabling Sydney-London A380 services to go daily, and to have received the 10th aircraft by Mar-2011. 
  • British Airways codeshare: The carrier also announced plans to codeshare on British Airways services between London Heathrow and Europe to include six new destinations: Rome, Milan, Toulouse, Prague, Warsaw and Budapest. The new services are available for sale from 14-Jun-2010 and for travel from 21-Jul-2010. This will take the number of Qantas codeshares on BA services beyond London to 29 destinations in the UK and Europe. Qantas will also increase the frequency of its codesharing on services between Heathrow and Nice, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The expanded arrangement follows the authorisation earlier this year of the Joint Services Agreement between Qantas and BA for a further five years from 2010;
  • Manila service: Qantas plans to upgrade its four times weekly Sydney-Manila service (including one service per week via Brisbane) from a B767 aircraft to an A330 aircraft from Nov-2010.[more]

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