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Qantas offers ‘Sydney Connect’ stopover for Asia to Santiago pax

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 23, 2014

Qantas' 'Sydney Connect' offers passengers travelling between Santiago and the airline's Asian ports a free night's stopover in Sydney. (Andrew McLaughlin)
Qantas’ ‘Sydney Connect’ offers passengers travelling between Santiago and the airline’s Asian ports a free night’s stopover in Sydney. (Andrew McLaughlin)

Qantas is offering a complimentary one-night stopover for passengers flying between its Asian ports and Santiago in Chile on its services.

The ‘Sydney Connect’ service will allow passengers flying to or from Santiago to connect to the Asian ports of Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai and Jakarta via Sydney on Qantas and enjoy a one night stay. Passengers using the offer will require an Australian visa.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of South American travellers choosing to fly to Asia,” Qantas Executive Manager International Sales, Stephen Thompson, said in a statement. “By including a night’s hotel accommodation as part of the fare, we’re confident that our customers will find this pathway to Asia enjoyable, allowing them to arrive at their final destination well-rested.”

Qantas operates three non-stop return 747-400ER services per week between Santiago and Sydney. The aircraft have been reconfigured with lie-flat beds in business and a premium economy cabin.

The Sydney Connect offer will be available for booking June 23 for travel on or after June 30.

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  • Dave


    Would a better option be to retime the flights so they connect better.
    Outbound to Santiago departs around midday, inbound QF flights from Asia tend to land early morning, so the connection work well.
    The other direction, the flight from Santiago arrives after many asia-bound flights have departed. Could they delay the return flight 10 or so hours so it connects to asia bound flights better?

    (as an aside they should delay the Santiago flight a bit, so that Per-Syd-Santiago isnt a double red-eye. The first flight of the day doesnt quite connect!!)

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