Qantas commences Sydney-Santiago flights as free trade accords kick in

2012 03 29

QANTAS Airways Ltd has launched a new service from Sydney to Santiago just as Australia and Chile put a free trade agreement in place.

Inaugural flight QF27 left Sydney Airport on March 26 at 11am and was scheduled to arrive in Santiago at 9:55am local time. Flying time to Santiago is 13 hours and 10 minutes.

The airline said in a statement that it is offering three return services a week on the Sydney-Santiago route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays that are operated by a Boeing 747.

LAN Airlines is codesharing on the Qantas services while the Australian airline will continue to codeshare on LAN's daily services between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland. As fellow Oneworld members, the two carriers plan to continue to work together to promote flights between Australia, Chile and the broader South American region.

Group executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said: "Flying to Santiago is part of Qantas' strategy to target global gateway cities. South America's fast-growing economies make it the perfect time to introduce this new, non-stop service to one of the region's major hubs.

"It is also pleasing to be expanding our long-standing relationship with Chile's national carrier, LAN. Together we will offer 10 services per week between Sydney and Santiago and access to LAN's extensive South American network."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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