The Qantas Group is making the following changes to
its New Zealand, China and India operations:
- From 10 June 2009, Jetstar will commence New
Zealand domestic services and Qantas will cease operating its New
Zealand domestic network.
- Qantas will introduce changes to its
trans-Tasman services and flights to the United States from
Auckland, increasing frequency and improving connections for
international customers, including to New York.
- Qantas Sydney-Shanghai A330 services will
increase to seven per week (daily) from 31 March 2009.
- Qantas Melbourne-Shanghai services (currently
two per week) will cease from 31 March 2009.
- Qantas Sydney-Beijing services (currently
three per week) will cease from 17 April 2009.
- Qantas three-times-a-week Mumbai services will
operate via Singapore from mid-May, with connections from Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide (Qantas) and Cairns and
"Airlines around the world are confronting
significantly changed operating conditions and have to ensure
capacity is best matched to demand," said Qantas Group CEO, Mr
Alan Joyce. "These changes are about adjusting our schedules to
meet the needs of those markets alongside our own need to generate
reasonable returns on our operations."
Significant changes have also been made to
Qantas' New Zealand schedule and Trans-Tasman schedule, including
the launch of Jetstar domestic operations in New Zealand, together
with significant increases in Qantas' trans-Tasman frequency and
"New Zealand is a key market for the Qantas
Group, and we are a large employer there. These changes will
consolidate our presence in New Zealand, and follow our recent
move to expand our Auckland Telephone Sales call centre to service
customers from the United Kingdom, South Africa and United
States," Mr Joyce said.
From 10 June, the Qantas Group will operate more
than 140 trans-Tasman return services each week between Australia
and Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown, as well as
a daily Boeing 747-400 service between Auckland and Los Angeles.
The new international schedule to/from New Zealand will include:
- improved timing of the daily Auckland-Los
Angeles service to provide a connection to Qantas' daily New York
- Melbourne-Auckland services increasing from
two to three flights per day, operated by Boeing 737 aircraft;
- Sydney-Auckland services increasing from four
to five flights per day, operated by a mix of Boeing 767 and
Boeing 737 aircraft; and
- the cancellation of weekend services between
Brisbane and Wellington.
The remainder of the group's trans-Tasman
services will remain unchanged. Qantas will operate its last
domestic New Zealand service on Tuesday 9 June 2009, with Jetstar
to commence services on Wednesday 10 June.
Jetstar's domestic network will cover Auckland,
Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. The change means the
Qantas Group will no longer offer services to Rotorua.
From 10 June, Qantas' New Zealand subsidiary,
Jetconnect, which operates a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, will
focus its operations on the Tasman.
"Jetconnect's current fleet will be
progressively upgraded, initially with three new next generation
B737-800s to be delivered between September and November," Mr
"The B737-800 aircraft will be used on both the
Sydney-Auckland and Melbourne-Auckland routes, offering 12
Business and 156 Economy class seats, individual in-seat video
screens for every passenger and new seating styled by Qantas
Creative Director Marc Newson."
The investment in new aircraft will see the last
Boeing 737-300s retired from the Qantas fleet.
Mr Joyce said both Qantas and Jetstar were
firmly focused on the transition and customers booked on Qantas
domestic New Zealand services from 10 June would be contacted and
booked on alternate flights.
Qantas will codeshare on the new Jetstar
domestic New Zealand service for all customers holding a Qantas
international and/or trans-Tasman sector in the same itinerary.
Qantas Group employment levels in New Zealand
are expected to increase as a result of the changes.
"Group employment levels will increase, however
there will be an impact on Qantas jobs in Christchurch and, to a
lesser extent, Wellington," Mr Joyce said.
"There will be some opportunities for Qantas and
Jetconnect employees to take up positions with Jetstar. For those
who do not, we will offer appropriate separation packages and
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