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More Qantas Flights for Queensland

Sydney, 21 April 2005

Qantas will add a new non-stop Brisbane-Los Angeles service to its schedule from 18 July, taking the number of Qantas flights on the route to 11 per week - four non-stop and seven via Auckland.

Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the airline's non-stop Brisbane-Los Angeles services, first introduced in June 2004, had been very popular with both business and leisure travellers.

"Qantas is the only airline to offer non-stop services on the route," Mr Borghetti said.

He said the additional service would enable Qantas to provide a more balanced spread of departure days for customers travelling non-stop between Brisbane and the USA.

Mr Borghetti said with Queensland's popularity as a year round holiday destination continuing to grow, the airline was constantly reviewing its schedules to ensure it was meeting market demand.

"In addition to last week's announcement of an additional 6,600 seats for the Queensland market, we are reintroducing Qantas Boeing 737 services between Brisbane and Hamilton Island from 1 July," he said.

"Qantas will operate three return flights a week on the Brisbane-Hamilton Island route, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, in addition to Jetstar's daily A320 services.

"The Qantas 737 schedule will allow easy connections for international visitors arriving in Brisbane from ports such as Los Angeles and Japan," Mr Borghetti said.

"Under this new schedule, the Qantas Group will operate more than 2,600 seats each week into Hamilton Island."

Mr Borghetti said that the Qantas Group was one of the State's major employers and a major contributor to tourism.

"We are committed to the further development of our Queensland business operations, with a new heavy maintenance facility opening in Brisbane later this year," he said.

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