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The Flying Kangaroo, as Qantas Airlines is affectionately known, operates direct flights from Johannesburg to Sydney - the only Qantas flights from Africa (and it's only SAA that also connects Australia with direct flights to Africa). Qantas uses B747s on the routes, the 2nd largest plane in the world after the A380, so expect lots of company on board. Congrats to Qantas on being named among the top 20 airlines in the world.
According to AirlineRatings.com, Qantas is still the safest airline of them all! Qantas is in good company with other airlines like Emirates, Etihad, KLM and Lufthansa also placing within the top 20.
Qantas operates the longest flight in the world, from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth. So, if you ever want the kudos for having flown on the longest commercial flight, then fly with Qantas from Johannesburg to Dallas via Sydney.
24 February 2016. Qantas announced yesterday that they are introducing WiFi to their domestic fleet starting next year and that they are also considering options to introduce WiFi to their regional and international operations. They are also in the process of building a premium lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 3 that will offer expansive views of the airport when it opens in early 2017.
17 July 2015. Qantas’ is reducing the number of weekly flights between Johannesburg and Sydney from 7 to 6 per week. They are dropping the Wednesday flight in order to launch flights to San Francisco. “Qantas has launched a new San Francisco service where there is strong demand and has had to make these minor schedule changes to its network,” says Qantas regional manager for Africa, Michi Messner. “Johannesburg remains a core destination in our international network.” We can't help but feel shunned!
9 March 2014. Qantas’ first Boeing 747-400, celebrated for having flown the longest commercial flight in history from London to Sydney, made its shortest and final journey today from Sydney to Illawarra Regional Airport in New South Wales. Qantas’ B747 (VH-OJA) touched down at 7:47am and was delivered to its new home with the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) where it will become the only B747-400 in the world to be put on public display. See some interesting facts of the Boeing below:
· 25.3 years in service
· 13,833 flights
· 106,154 flight hours
· 4,094,568 passengers carried
· This aircraft has flown nearly 85 million kilometers, which is equivalent to 110.2 return trips to the moon
· It set the record for having flown the longest non-stop flight (London-Sydney) of any commercial airline on Thursday 17 August 1989.
30 Sep 2014. Qantas holds the title for the longest scheduled flight from the USA after it changed its fleet from using Boeing 747s to Airbus A380s on their Dallas/Fort Worth (USA) to Sydney (Australia) flight. Qantas bumped off Delta Airline’s route from Atlanta to Johannesburg from the number one spot. The airline can now fly directly between the two destinations that are a massive 7452 nautical miles apart.
26 Aug 2014. As from today, people flying on Qantas will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight. Previously devices on board Qantas flights were required to remain off until the seatbelt sign was turned off. This meant that passengers were unable to use their devices while the aircraft was taxiing to the runway or through much of the climb or descent. Passengers can now access their devices for business and entertainment purposes at any time during the flight!
27 Feb 2014. Qantas have announced that they'll be going on a large-scale retrenchment program, in a bid to stem the losses they are suffering, and reduce their cost base to a similar level to that of their competitiors. The emergence of Virgin Australia selling business class seats has resulted in the price thereof plummeting, which has had a large influence on Qantas's profits.
21 Feb 2014. Qantas terminates its codeshare agreement with South African Airways. The airline had been selling SAA flights from Johannesburg to Perth via its website, and has not told those customers to instead fly JNB-PER via Dubai. A flights from Johannesburg to Perth takes the same about of time as a flight from Dubai to Perth.
14 Jan 2014 AirlineRatings.com votes Qantas as having the best economy class and airport lounges on the planet. High accolades indeed, considering that most of us fly economy class. And something there for the business class and first class travellers too, seeing that they're mostly the ones enjoying the airport lounges.
16 Dec 2013 Tim Clark, the President of Emirates, has said that Emirates doesn't have the bottomless pit of money that Etihad Airways' (the partner of Virgin Australia) has, and has ruled out purchasing equity in Qantas, which is struggling financially (it reported a half-year loss of A$300m) & is planning on retrenching 1000 workers. Meanwhile, Qantas's CEO, Alan Joyce, has been trying to get the Australian government to remove the restriction in the Qantas Sale Act, which restricts foreign ownership to 49% of Qantas.
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11 Dec 2013. Press release : 'Qantas Airways has appointed Johannesburg-based communications agency, PR Worx to strengthen the awareness of the airline’s services in South Africa and further develop Qantas’ position in the corporate travel market. Qantas Regional General Manager Africa Michi Messner said public relations support in South Africa is key in effectively communicating the wider benefits to customers when flying with Qantas. “PR Worx has successfully and professionally assisted Qantas on a number of projects since 2010 and we are pleased to appoint the agency full-time to help promote our daily Boeing 747 services from Johannesburg to Sydney,” said Messner. Managing Director of PR Worx Madelain Roscher said the team was looking forward to building on the successes already achieved for Qantas during its three-year project based relationship. "We feel very proud to work with Qantas and look forward to delivering compelling and effective communications solutions for the Australia’s national carrier, and will communicate the benefits of their daily direct service to Sydney and connections across Australia," said Roscher. Qantas first began operations in South Africa in 1984 and has grown its services to operate daily non-stop Boeing 747 services between Johannesburg and Sydney.'
Apr 2013 In a smart move, Qantas has partnered up with Emirates, and instead of its flights to Europe stopping in Asia or London, they'll now stop over in Dubai, and then move to Europe via Emirates flights. This offers passengers more variety and shorter travel times.
15 Mar 2013 Qantas moves its offices in Johannesburg to Unit 12 on the 1st Floor of Agulhas House in Glenhove Square Office Park, 71 4th Street, Houghton Estate.
24 Oct 2012 Qantas are running a Premium Economy and Business Class Cabin Sale until 31 Oct 2012, for travel on selected flights from Sunday to Thursday from 1 Nov to 30 Nov 2012.
1 Oct 2012 Qantas starts using a reconfigured Boeing 747-400 on the JNB - Sydney flight route, which means 14 extra passengers can be accommodated, but no first class service.
Up to 13 April 2012. Qantas runs a premium economy flights special from Johannesburg to Australia & New Zealand.
22 March 2012. Qantas Companion Special with flight prices from R7560 from Johannsburg to Sydney, Australia; and Johannesburg to Perth from R6790 per person sharing.
2011-10-31. When Qantas Airlines flights were grounded
Qantas Airlines flights from South Africa are rated 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews. South Africa Travel Online does not necessarily share the opinions expressed in this reviews.
5/5 : Butterflies in my tummy, heart racing like Oscar Pistorius doing his
legendary 100m sprints. I'm ecstatic, I've been in an aeroplane
before, not once but several times. I can't explain these feelings but
I know I can't wait to get in the Qantas to Australia. My first
international flight and I'm as excited as a baby in a candy store.
Getting on a twelve hour plane with my mom who was five months pregnant at the time was an experience of a lifetime. Take off was intriguing, I was fascinated by the decreasing size of all things that made me feel minute as our altitude increased. We were flying economy class but the service was first class. The flight attendants were
professional, friendly, polite and helpful. They were efficient in providing their service and spoke to all passengers with a smile and patience. The entertainment on the aeroplane catered for all people. There were cartoons from Disney Channel for children, popular TV series episodes for young females, action movies for the males and soapies for those who love a twist to their stories. Three meals were provided throughout the course of the flight which made my mothers food taste like that of a high school boarding house. Beverages both hot and cold were being offered and they too catered for the young and old. We were all provided with pillows, socks and fleece blankets to ensure that we had a peaceful rest in our seats. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were also provided to make sure that no one felt any discomfort due to bad mouth odours. Movies often scare people due to the horrific scenes where planes are portrayed as serial killers but we experienced no turbulence and I felt like i was being rocked to sleep. I rate Qantas Australian
Airways as a 5 star airline, where flying is an experience for all people, the faint-hearted included. Wame
2013-05-17 Rating 5/5 : Jessica rated Qantas five out five for her flight from Johannesburg to Australia: "We arrived at the international departures....come the time to weigh the luggage it was 33kgs....so everyone was embarrassed but I did not know what it meant. Money was demanded from my boss to pay for the extra kilo....but the airport cashier could read through my smile that airport luggage rules had not been highlighted to me. She noticed that we were travelling in a group of 7 and suggested that we should combine the luggage as others were traveling light. Ow, being teased by my colleagues all the way to boarding, telling me that I have brought umleqwa "home slaughtered cornish hen" and idombolo "homemade dumplings". I was so annoyed and embarrassed." Jessica
Making a booking for Qantas flights from Johannesburg by phoning 011-589-8386 or 0800-993-025.
Qantas has codeshare partnerships with Air Caledonie, Air France, Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, Airnorth, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, BA, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, LAN, SAA & Vietnam Airlines.
Emphasis on the word "jet". A looong time ago, when they were still flying twin-props, there were a few crashes which resulted in fatalities.
On selected B747-400s Qantas offers power outlets in premium economy, business and first class.
On all A330-300s Qantas offers power outlets in business class
On A380s Qantas offers power outlets in all classes.