Qantas' SVP for Asia Returns to
Singapore with Expanded Remit as Airline Increases Flights
John Simeone, Qantas’ Senior Vice President for
Asia, has returned to Singapore as the Australian national
carrier continues to restore its international network and expand
into new markets.
John was based in the city pre-COVID19 and has
returned with an expanded remit that now also includes Japan, India and
Having spent almost 30 years working in the aviation industry,
John’s experience includes roles within commercial, sales,
network planning, tourism development and operations.
returns at a pivotal time, as Qantas accelerates through its
recovery from COVID19. In the past few months, the airline
has launched new routes, including from Seoul to Sydney and
Jakarta to Melbourne.
Flights from Tokyo to Melbourne and
Brisbane and from Hong Kong to Melbourne have resumed for the
first time since before COVID, and Qantas is continuing to
upgrade the cabins of its Airbus A380 aircraft, which fly
The airline is
also adding the following flights between Asia and Australia, from late
• Shanghai-Sydney will resume for the first time
in more than three years with daily A330 flights;
• Hong Kong-Melbourne will increase from four per
week to daily;
Flights from Japan to Australia will double, increasing from 14 to
28 per week, offering the choice of four daily flights from
Tokyo from late November;
• Delhi-Melbourne will increase from three to six
per week over the peak Australian summer season;
• Singapore-Melbourne will increase from 10 to 14
per week from 31 March 2024; and
• Singapore-Sydney will increase from 14 to 15 per
week from 31 March 2024.
John will also continue to work
with trade partners on the roll out of its Qantas Distribution
Platform in Asia. The platform is designed to enhance the
service that agents provide to customers, with a wider range of products, including special offers for Qantas Frequent Flyers,
ancillary products and dynamic commission opportunities.
“Asia is an incredibly important region to
Qantas, both geographically and commercially,” John said.
“With international travel rebounding so strongly, our teams are
focused on reconnecting with our key partners and customers
across the region.”
The airline recently started to roll
out a multi-million dollar investment in new menus, larger meals
and premium produce across all cabins in its regional,
domestic and international network, including on flights from
Qantas currently operates
more than 110 return services per week between Asia and Australia
with a mix of A380, A330, 787, 737 and E190 aircraft.
airline also operates daily A380 services between Singapore and London and offers customers connections with Jetstar Asia and
other partners across the region.
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