Qantas' Asian expansion strategy took another step forward with the relaunch of direct flights to China's capital city, Beijing.
The new 12-hour flight will run daily with the Sydney leg of the journey timed to coincide with Qantas's domestic routes to Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart along with its New Zealand services. Initially, Qantas will deploy a 235-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, providing an additional 3,300 weekly seats to the market.
Beijing becomes Qantas' third destination in Greater China, joining Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The new Beijing service is part of Qantas' growth strategy for the broader Asian region, increasing its total capacity on routes to Asia by 7%. This follows the start of Melbourne-Tokyo Narita flights before Christmas and the announcement last week of a new Jetstar service between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, which is due to begin in May 2017.
By Mark Elliott. This article is a fragment originally published on Travel Daily Asia.