Qantas to fly to Johannesburg daily

3 June 2010

Australian airline Qantas is to introduce a daily service between Sydney and Johannesburg from 21 September.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the route was key one for the airline, and that the addition of a seventh service would provide their customers with greater flexibility for travel between Australia and South Africa.

“Qantas is pleased to now offer a daily service from Sydney to Johannesburg with the introduction of an additional Boeing 747 service on Tuesdays, adding another 350 seats per week and more than 18 000 seats per year,” Joyce said in a statement this week.

“South Africa is an important market for Qantas, particularly for business travel, and it is important for us to offer our customers the flexibility of daily services.”

The Wallaby Route

Joyce added that the daily schedule from Sydney would also complement the airline’s daily code-share services from Perth with South African Airways.

The Qantas South African route, otherwise known as the Wallaby Route because of the “short hops” between ports along the way in the early days, has gone from strength to strength.

This year, Qantas celebrates 62 years of services to South Africa. It increased services from five to six per week on the route in late 2008, having introduced Premium Economy on the route in March 2008.

SAinfo reporter

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