Passengers can now choose to break up their journey in Mumbai, Shanghai or Beijing, in addition to the existing stopover choices of Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta or Bali travelling eastwards; or New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco travelling westwards.
Qantas will also be one of the first airlines in the world to introduce new technology which will allow passengers to make and receive emails, SMS and calls via their own mobile phone or personal electronic device such as Blackberry.
The technology will be evaluated over a three month period in early 2007 on a Boeing 767 aircraft operating on Australian domestic routes.
Qantas will use the evaluation to work with customers to shape the final product, which will include input on the protocols concerning use of mobile phones inflight.
The service will be simple to use — customers wanting to make or receive a call or SMS require only a GSM phone and a global roaming account, while customers wanting to send or receive emails would need a GPRS enabled device like a Blackberry or an appropriately equipped laptop.