Qantas to launch Flights between Melbourne and Shanghai

Travel News Asia Thursday, 31 May 2007

Qantas is to launch a new service between Melbourne and Shanghai, offering two flights a week on the route from March 2008. This will be the first time Qantas has offered non-stop services between Melbourne and Shanghai.

These new services present Victoria with a great opportunity, providing the state with a direct connection to the worlds fastest growing aviation market, where business and tourism links are expanding rapidly,  Executive General Manager of Qantas, Mr John Borghetti said.

The Melbourne-Shanghai service will use two-class A330 aircraft fitted with the Qantas Skybed in Business class, operating from Shanghai on Mondays and Fridays, with the return services departing Melbourne on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Qantas launched services to China in 2004 with three flights a week to Shanghai. From March 2008, the airline will offer 10 return services a week to China - five between Sydney and Shanghai, the two new Melbourne-Shanghai services, and three between Sydney and Beijing in addition to offering two codeshare services with China Eastern Airlines.

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