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QANTAS News February 2010

28th February 2010 - New QANTAS Karratha Mining Flights.

QANTAS announced new direct flights to Karratha from both Sydney and Melbourne. Both flights will operate weekly and be operated by 737-800 aircraft. Melbourne flights commence on 3rd May and operate on Mondays and Sydney flights will commence on 17th June and operate on Thursdays. The flights will be sold as all Ecomomy class. Aircraft will operate Melbourne/Sydney - Karratha - Perth with a second aircraft operating Perth - Karratha - Melbourne/Sydney.

26th February 2010 - QANTAS Trans-Tasman operations to go all 737.

Effective May 1st no more 767-300s will operate on trans-Tasman routes leaving Australia - New Zealand services 100% 737 operated. The final 767 routes were QF45/6 Sydney - Christchurch and vv, and QF55/56 and QF49/50 Sydney - Auckland and vv. The new 737 services are expected to be operated initially by existing mainline Australian VH registered aircraft until delivery of three new JetConnect 737-800s with personal TVs in both classes.

25th February 2010 - VH-EBN arrives VH-OGC departs QANTAS fleet.

New domestic configured A330-200 VH-EBN arrived at Sydney this morning on delivery from Toulouse via Singapore. Meanwhile on 22nd February International configured 767-338 VH-OGC departed Sydney non stop to Victorville, USA for storage.

18th February 2010 - Future QANTAS Long-Haul Fleet Plans.

QANTAS announced a future long-haul fleet of 29 aircraft consisting 20 Airbus A380s and 9 Boeing 747-400s.

The A380 fleet will have two configurations, the initial twelve aircraft running in 4 Class configuration to serve QF9/10 Melbourne - Singapore - London (and vv), QF11/12 Sydney - Los Angeles (and vv), QF31/32 Sydney - Singapore - London (and vv) and QF93/94 Melbourne - Los Angeles. These aircraft will remain in the current configuration except that the rear Business Class cabin of 12 seats will be replaced with 21 Premium Economy seats. The final eight A380s will have a three class (Business, Premium Economy and Economy) configuration which has yet to be announced.

The Boeing 747-400 fleet will be reduced to nine aircraft which will be re-fitted to a 359 seat three class configuration (58 Business, 36 Premium Economy and 265 Economy) configuration with identical on-board product to the A380s including MkII Skybeds in Business and Panasonic in-flight entertainment throughout. The nine remaining 747s are expected to be VH-OJS/OJT/OJU/OEE/OEF/OEG/OEH/OEI/OEJ.

Work on the reconfiguration of the 747s will not commence until 2012.

15th February 2010 - QANTASLink Q400s Arrive in Adelaide for new Port Lincoln service.

Dash 8 400s VH-QOM and VH-QON have positioned to Adelaide to begin the new QANTASLink service to Port Lincoln which commences today.

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24th February 2010 - Online Seat Selection Now Available for QANTAS Domestic Flights.

Online seat selection for Domestic flights went live today via for Silver, Gold, Platinum and Chairman’s Lounge QANTAS Frequent Flyer members and their OneWorld equivalents. However front rows and emergency exit seats are still blocked until online check-in opens for even the highest tier Frequent Flyer members. For these members it remains to be seen whether the best tactic is to pre-seat themselves on-line and hope that the normal algorithm puts them into the preferred seats at T-24 or whether seat reservations will stick once made on-line.

23rd February 2010 - Boeing 747-400s come to QANTAS Sydney - Tokyo Route.

QANTAS announced that from July 10th Sydney - Tokyo (and vv) services QF21/22 will be operated with 2 Class 747-400 aircraft on six days per week, with the remaining service (QF21 on Wednesdays and QF22 on Thursdays) to be operated with A330-200. It is expected that the 2 Class 747-400 will be sourced from the QF25/26 Auckland - Los Angeles route which is rumoured to be moving to A330-200 operations.