On hand to celebrate the start of Qantas’ new route to Beijing at Sydney Airport on 25 January were: Sydney Airport CEO, Kerrie Mather; Qantas CEO Alan Joyce; and Qantas International Boss, Gareth Evans. The oneworld carrier will operate the route between Sydney and Beijing daily on its 235-seat A330-200s.
- Qantas started its second Chinese connection on 25 January, adding to its existing daily service from Sydney to Shanghai Pudong. It also flies to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The 8,956-kilometre link from Sydney (SYD) to Beijing (PEK) will also be flown daily by the airline’s 235-seat A330-200 fleet. Flying 10 times weekly, the only incumbent on the city pair is Air China. “It’s the perfect time for Qantas to fly to Beijing. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is hitting its stride and China is on track to become the number one source of visitors to Australia within the next year or so,” said CEO Alan Joyce. “What’s really exciting is the potential we see for the future. We now have the Qantas Group’s biggest ever network in Greater China, and our goal is to make our Beijing route a flagship corridor for tourism and trade.”