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QANTAS TAKES OFF BETWEEN ADELAIDE AND THE GC!

The national carrier continues to expand its domestic network, with its inaugural Adelaide-Gold Coast services taking flight.

Gold Coast-Adelaide is one of 47 new routes that the Qantas Group has announced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fifth new route launched from the Gold Coast, responding to the fact that more Australians are holidaying domestically.

“It seems like Qantas launches a new domestic route each week,” says Sarah Bush, Co-Founder & Director of The Travel Authority Group.

QantasLink is operating four weekly return flights with the Embraer E190 regional jet aircraft, bringing some 750 seats to the route each week. Flights will increase to daily during school holiday peaks.

With its size, range and economics, the 94-seat jet has opened up a number of new routes that wouldn’t have been viable with Qantas’ existing fleet.

Launching the route, QantasLink CEO John Gissing said “Adelaide, a city bursting with culture and entertainment and the gateway to Australia’s world-famous wine regions, has been very popular with travellers in recent months. We’re pleased to be making it more accessible for Queenslanders to visit with these new flights.”

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QANTAS DARWIN-CANBERRA FLIGHTS TAKE OFF

The first QantasLink flights connecting the two cities in nine years have taken flight.

QantasLink will offer up to five weekly, direct return flights operated by the Embraer E190 regional jet aircraft, delivering nearly 1,000 seats on the route each week.

With its size, range and economics, the 94-seat jet has opened up a number of new routes that wouldn’t have been viable with Qantas’ existing fleet.

“The Qantas network continues to grow as the economy warms up and Australians look to travel to new, easily accessible destinations. These new flights connecting the NT to the ACT open up fabulous leisure and corporate travel opportunities,” said Sarah Bush, Co-Founder & Director of The Travel Authority Group.

The new route is the latest in a number of recent capacity increases for the Darwin market with more frequent flights and larger aircraft operating in response to strong demand. For the peak July-September travel season, the airline’s capacity is up 120 per cent on Melbourne-Darwin compared to pre-COVID. Sydney, Perth and Adelaide to Darwin are all up by 60 per cent over the same period.

“With no other airline currently operating on the route, the direct flights will save business and leisure travellers more than two hours travel time on a round trip instead of flying via other capital cities,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.

The Darwin-Canberra service is one of the 45 routes that the Qantas Group has announced or launched since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEVEN NEW QANTAS ROUTES + DOMESTIC DREAMLINERS

Qantas has announced seven new domestic routes, and is deploying more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.

“As most international travel remains off limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travellers.”
Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David.

The new services will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels in the coming months, and will provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers on the following routes:

  • Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney
  • Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart
  • Sydney-Uluru

Five of the routes will be operated by Alliance Airlines’ Embraer E190 regional jets.

They bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

Qantas passengers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights between the East Coast capital cities into Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long haul international flights including Perth-London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week.

Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on the airline’s east-west routes.

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QANTAS RE-OPENS INTERNATIONAL LOUNGES

Qantas has announced a new seven-year agreement with Accor for the hospitality giant to continue management of Qantas lounges in Australia and overseas.

The announcement coincides with Qantas’ plans to fast-track the reopening of its award-winning First lounges in Australia in line with the launch of the two-way trans-Tasman travel bubble on 19 April 2021.

“We’re thrilled to learn that Qantas’ brilliant First Lounges are re-opening,” said The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

“These are vital signs of tourism recovery, and we look forward to seeing our clients enjoy Accor’s renowned service levels in these wonderful lounge spaces,” added Hosper.

The new agreement is an extension of an existing 14-year partnership. Accor began managing Qantas lounges in 2007 when the airline opened its flagship International First lounges in Australia, followed by its Domestic Business lounges, Chairmans Lounges and Qantas Club in 2013.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the renewed agreement highlights the airline’s commitment to maintaining a premium travel experience for its customers across every part of their journey.

“As our customers step back into our lounges for the first time in over a year, they will continue to receive the exceptional service they have been accustomed to from the Qantas and Accor teams,’ Mr Joyce said.

The national carrier is ready to welcome visitors to its First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne as well as its International Lounge in Brisbane, a year after they closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.

While normally reserved for Platinum Frequent Flyers, Qantas will extend an invitation to customers travelling in Business, Gold Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members to visit the First Lounge until the neighbouring Business lounges reopen.

Mr Joyce said reopening three of its flagship international lounges was a key milestone in the national carrier’s recovery.

With Qantas’ lounges in New Zealand currently closed, however, the airline will offer Platinum and Gold Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members access to Air New Zealand lounges in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Qantas has reopened nearly all of its 35 Qantas Club and Business lounges across Australia as well as its Chairmans lounges. It will open the remainder of its international lounges in Australia and overseas in line with the broader reopening of international borders and recommencement of the rest of Qantas’ international network.

MORE NEW ROUTES FROM QANTAS

As the prospects of domestic borders remaining open improve, and travellers’ confidence grows, it’s great to see the national carrier connecting more dots across the country and over the sea.

Melbourne, meet Newcastle.

This week, Qantas launched direct services between Melbourne and beachside ‘Newie’, New South Wales’ second-largest city and gateway to the Hunter Valley—one of Australia’s major wine regions.

The airline will operate 12 weekly return flights with its 125-seat Boeing 717 aircraft, adding more than 3,000 seats between the two cities each week.

While clearly offering superb leisure travel options for travellers heading in either direction.

“We expect this service will also be popular with our corporate travellers based in Newcastle. Flights are available at peak times in both directions and customers will enjoy the benefits of our premium service, including complimentary food and drinks, baggage and lounge access before they fly out.”
QantasLink CEO John Gissing

We think they’ll be popular too.

New Norfolk Island Flights

Qantas’ latest services are not quite international, but they’re not far off.

For three months from 19 March 2021, with the potential to extend for the longer term, the Flying Kangaroo will operate six flights per week to the Australian territory in the South Pacific.

Three flights will depart from Sydney and three from Brisbane, and will be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, offering 2,000 seats on the routes each week.

The services will maintain critical passenger and freight connectivity with the Australian mainland, and provide travellers with an exciting new holiday destination.

“With international borders closed, we know Australians are looking for new holiday experiences and Norfolk Island is a destination that has so much to offer.”
Qantas Domestic & International CEO, Andrew David.

Fares from Sydney start from $412 one-way and from Brisbane from $390 one-way and are on sale now.

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QANTAS SETS SIGHTS ON SNOWFIELDS

Anticipating strong demand for skiing this Australian winter, Qantas has just announced the launch of three new seasonal routes to the snow.

“We, too, expect this to be a strong ski season regardless of the snow conditions. Australians are itching to travel, and our snowfields are some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and divine travel experiences. We look forward to helping fill those flights,” said Sarah Bush, Co-Founder & Director of The Travel Authority Group.

From 01 July to 26 September 2021, Qantas will operate three new routes to Cooma and Albury, gateways to the New South Wales and Victoria snowfields:

  • Sydney to Cooma – flights will operate three days per week.
  • Brisbane to Cooma – flights will operate two days per week.
  • Brisbane to Albury – flights will operate three days per week.

Fares for flights between Sydney and Cooma start at $179 one-way, and flights from Brisbane to Cooma and Albury are available from $239 one-way.

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From Cooma, skiers can access Perisher Valley, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass in New South Wales. While Albury offers great access to Falls Creek and Hotham resorts across the border in Victoria.

All flights will be operated by QantasLink’s turboprop Q400 aircraft.

Complimentary food and drinks will be offered on board, and ski and snowboard equipment can be included as part of the checked baggage allowance.

“These new flights are also good news for local businesses, hospitality and tour operators in the region, helping drive tourism and reviving the industry that has been hurting from COVID-19,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.

Flights from Sydney to Cooma are timed to allow travellers to depart after work on a Thursday or Friday and return Sunday evening, which enables them to enjoy a long weekend of skiing without needing to drive.

To help offset some of the uncertainty on borders, Qantas is offering unlimited flight changes through to at least February 2022, for flights booked until at least the end of April 2021.

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QANTAS ONE MILLION SEATS SALE

We don’t think we’ve ever seen a sale quite like this one.

Here are THREE reasons why:

  1. Flexibility boosted with unlimited flight date changes until at least January 2022 (!)
  2. One million seats on sale from $99 one-way to 55 destinations
  3. Complimentary beer and wine in Economy

We told you it was good.

FARES ARE ON SALE until 15 February for travel from Mid-March 2021.

“We’re thrilled by the built-in flexibility of unlimited date changes until at least January 2022,” says The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

[Customers could previously only make one flight change, for travel until the end of June.]

“Knowing that flexibility is part of your Qantas airfare will be a great source of confidence for our clients. Now more than ever before, prospective travellers need that confidence. We hope more airlines follow suit,” adds Hosper.

The flight date can be changed to any available for sale at the time (up to 355 days in advance). Qantas will waive the change fee (a fare difference may apply).

Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer, Stephanie Tully, said with international borders closed, the best way to drive tourism is by making it even easier for Australians to explore their own backyard.

“As the national carrier, we have an important role to play in helping the industry recover from COVID-19, and we know that given the right opportunity, people are keen to travel,” Ms Tully said.

PREMIUM SERVICE

This month, Qantas is also making further improvements to inflight food and beverage options in line with its premium full-service offering. This includes:

  • Complimentary beer and wine for Economy passengers will continue to be available daily across domestic and regional flights (previously available for purchase on certain flights).
  • New hot meal options in Economy, ranging from gourmet beef pies and roast vegetable quiches to beef and mushroom ragout and roasted chicken with tomato, garlic and lemon sauce.
  • Qantas is the only domestic airline offering a full meal service including at breakfast and dinner, including key capital city routes between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This will be rolled out to shorter flights in March.

The airline has also advised us that it has reopened the vast majority of its 35 Qantas Club and Business Lounges across Australia, and its Chairmans Lounges.

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QANTAS OPENS INTERNATIONAL BOOKINGS FROM JULY

In a boost to the entire travel industry and the Australian travelling public, Qantas is anticipating a return to international travel from the middle of the year.

The national carrier’s reservation system is now taking international bookings for travel from 01 July 2021, across its entire overseas network.

“We’re thrilled to see international Qantas services in our bookimg systems once again,” said Sarah Bush, Co-Founder & Director of The Travel Authority Group.

The available services even include destinations in North America and the UK that had previously been expected to be off the table until October at least.

The bringing forward of services at this time perhaps aligns with Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce’s comments back in November that passengers will need to have been vaccinated for COVID-19 before being allowed to travel on Qantas internationally, and the Australian government’s announcement that the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has brought forward two weeks to early March.

Last week, Greg Hunt, the Federal Health Minister announced that the Australian vaccination rollout, should be complete in October 2021 ahead of schedule.

A Qantas spokesperson said the airline has aligned the selling of its international services “to reflect our expectation that international travel will begin to restart from July 2021.”

All of our wings have been clipped for the best part of a year now. Are you ready to fly again?

We’d love to hear from you, and help you navigate your way back into the air safely and with confidence.

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QANTAS FAST-TRACKS LOYALTY PROGRAM SWITCHERS

In a perhaps not entirely surprising (but bold) move, Qantas Frequent Flyer is offering top tier members of other airline loyalty programs the opportunity to fast track their flying status when they switch to Qantas.

The offer also includes a very attractive bonus of 90-days of complimentary lounge access.

According to a statement from the national carrier, this is the first time it has made such an offer. It comes on the back of significant enquiries about joining the program from members of other domestic and international airline loyalty programs – the consequence of changes in the local market as well as restrictions on overseas travel.

So, how does it work?

People holding an eligible loyalty status with a qualifying airline program are invited to switch and take advantage of the Qantas Status Fast Track – an offer to earn 100 status credits in 3 months to qualify for Qantas’ Gold tier.

What does earning 100 Status Credits look like?

  • 5 x return economy trips Sydney to Melbourne.
  • 1 x return business class trip Melbourne to Cairns.

In addition to helping expedite their status, the offer also includes 90 days of complimentary access to Qantas Club lounges, and extra checked baggage.

Gold tier benefits with Qantas include lounge access across Qantas and oneworld airline lounges globally, preferential seating and priority access to reward seats, as well as priority check-in, boarding and upgrade requests.

Those wishing to transfer from a higher flying tier – Platinum and Platinum One equivalents – will only be able to transfer to Qantas’ Gold status, rather than have their status matched. Reaching a higher frequent flyer status requires members to earn the normal requirements within a Membership Year.

“With so much uncertainty in the market, we’ve seen a spike in requests from people wanting us to match their status with other airlines. If they are willing to bring their travel across to Qantas, we will fast track them to Gold status,” said Qantas Loyalty CEO, Olivia Wirth.

By early December, eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers will have access to 30 of the 35 domestic and regional lounges across the airline’s network.

Registrations for the Qantas Status Fast Track close 18 December 2020.

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QANTAS TAKES OFF WITH NEW ROUTES & MORE SEATS

The national carrier has been busy recently, responding to an easing of travel restrictions with a suite of new routes, the resumption of others, and more seats available on some routes by deploying larger aircraft.

“We’re really thrilled to see Qantas launching new routes, resurrecting others, and increasing capacity of popular routes. It’s driving a real increase in inquiry from clients who are just itching to travel again,” says The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

NEW ROUTES

1..Perth-Hobart

From 14 November Qantas will launch a new route between Perth and Hobart. The new seasonal service will operate three days per week until 31 January 2021 with a Boeing 737 aircraft.

“We so look forward to seeing this route take off, and more Australians visiting every corner of this incredible country,” says Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Group – Western Australia

2. Sydney-Launceston

From 4 December 2020, Qantas will operate three return services per week with Boeing 717 aircraft, increasing to four return services from the following week until 01 February.

“As the national carrier, we’re delighted to add direct flights between Launceston and Sydney for the first time in 16 years. We’ll keep a close eye on demand and if it proves successful we will look to extend the service,” said Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David.

This is the first time since 2004 that the flying kangaroo has flown between Launceston and Sydney.

3. Resuming Sydney-Hobart

With borders opening up, Qantas will also restart flights between Hobart to Sydney, with 11 return services per week from 6 November 2020.

This announcement follows two other new routes the Qantas Group has launched to Tasmania in response to demand – Brisbane-Hobart with Qantas and Gold Coast-Hobart with Jetstar.

With these additional flights, the Qantas Group will offer more than 125,000 seats between Tasmania and the mainland in December—that’s more than 10% of the Group’s total published domestic capacity for the month.

5. More Seats to Byron Bay

By introducing the larger Boeing 737 aircraft to the Byron Bay (Ballina) route between 9 November and the end of March 2021, Qantas is adding some 1,500 seats each week on the popular route over the summer.

Additional Services

Qantas is also making the following changes to its operating schedule:

  • Increasing Adelaide to Perth flights from 4 flights to 7 flights per week
  • Increasing Brisbane to Perth flights from 5 flights to 14 flights per week
  • Increasing Darwin to Perth flights from 2 flights to 3 flights per week
  • Resuming 4-weekly Canberra to Perth flights

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