Qantas is returning to the Chinese capital of Beijing after an absence of seven years, launching a daily A330-200 service from Sydney starting next Australia Day – 25 January, 2017.

It currently offers daily return services to Shanghai and 28 return services a week to Hong Kong. China Eastern will code-share on the new flights.

Beijing at nightQantas CEO Alan Joyce said the new route has “tremendous potential”  with “21 million people in Beijing alone”.

“We’re seeing strong loads on our existing Shanghai and Hong Kong services, and on this new Beijing route we’ll have the advantage of China Eastern marketing the Qantas flight as part of their own network,” he added.

“The business travel market is another key focus for this route, particularly off the back of the free trade agreement with China, which is increasing the amount of freight we’re carrying,” added Mr Joyce.

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