The national carrier has launched direct flights to Shanghai, with Perth to Paris route coming soon.
The flying kangaroo is making news: having resumed direct flights to China (between Sydney and Shanghai) for the first time in three years, Qantas is about to launch a nonstop route between Paris and Perth. Taking off in July 2024, the flights will be right in time for the Paris Olympics and European summer.
Meanwhile, closer to home New Caledonia's national airline Aircalin is about to launch direct flights between Melbourne and Noumea from December 8. Where will you go first? qantas.com; aircalin.com
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