March takeoff for Qantas Santiago services

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 29, 2011
Qantas 747s will be landing in Santiago from March next year. (Brenden Scott)

Qantas will begin its new Sydney-Santiago services from March 26 next year, with flights on sale from today, the airline has announced.

The thrice weekly QF27/QF28 return service will depart Sydney for the Chilean capital each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and will be operated by 747-400s reconfigured with A380 standard three class cabins.

“As a major commerce and aviation centre, Santiago offers the ideal entry point to the region for Australians,” group executive Qantas Airlines commercial, Rob Gurney, said.

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“By codesharing with LAN on our new direct flights, we will extend our existing codeshare relationship on LAN’s daily Sydney-Auckland-Santiago service.”

Qantas revealed plans to service Santiago, instead of Buenos Aires in Argentina, as its South American gateway as part of several changes announced for its international operations last month. Qantas’s final Buenos Aires service will operate on March 24.

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