Qantas Adds Seven New Routes And Puts Boeing 787 Dreamliner On Domestic

Qantas customers can now book seven new domestic routes and travel on more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.

The new routes – Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart, Sydney-Uluru, and Perth-Gold Coast – provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers. They bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

Five of the routes will be operated by Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines. The first Qantas flights operated by the 94-seat E190s took off today between Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Customers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights between the East Coast capital cities into Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long haul international flights including Perth-London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week.

Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

The additional flying will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels in the coming months and the Group’s market share around 70 per cent.

Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new routes would support the growing demand for domestic tourism.

“As most international travel remains off limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travellers,” said Mr David.

“Our customers now have 45 more routes to fly than we had pre-COVID making it even easier for them to get to their next holiday or business meeting. Previously, travelling between these cities meant a connecting flight in the middle, but now they can fly direct and save at least an hour in the process.

“Our strategy of adding new domestic routes is generating revenue from our aircraft rather than leaving them on the ground. It means more work for our people and even more low fares for our customers.

“We know how popular the 787s and A330s are with our customers on our international network and we think there will be huge demand for the domestic flights these aircraft operate on, particularly frequent flyers looking to use points.

“Qantas is also the only airline in Australia operating these widebody aircraft which offer Business Suites and inflight entertainment for all customers.

“People know exactly what to expect when they book with Qantas, whether its complimentary food and drinks, baggage or access to 33 lounges around Australia.”

NEW ROUTES

RouteStart DateReturn flights per weekAircraft
Adelaide – TownsvilleAugust 20213 per weekE190
Adelaide – CairnsAugust 20214 per weekE190
Adelaide – HobartSeptember 2021Up to 7 per weekE190
Sydney – TownsvilleSeptember 20217 per weekE190
Melbourne – TownsvilleSeptember 20217 per weekE190
Perth – Gold CoastSeptember 20213 per weekB737
Sydney – UluruMarch 20225 per weekB737

Fares are available from today with Qantas offering special fares including $139 on Adelaide-Hobart, $179 on Sydney-Townsville and $229 Perth-Gold Coast.  Special fares are available at qantas.com or through Travel Agents, until 11:59pm 27 May, unless sold out prior.

The new flights add to Jetstar’s existing services across six of the routes, providing a range of travel options for Qantas Group customers.

ADDITIONAL WIDEBODY FLYING

RouteAdded or upgauged flightsAircraftTotal weekly flights (all aircraft)
Sydney-PerthUp to 9 per week787 Dreamliner34
Up to 4 per weekA330
Melbourne-PerthUp to 24 per weekA33037
Sydney-DarwinUp to 7 per weekA33012
Brisbane-DarwinUp to 3 per weekA3309

Qantas’ Fly Flexible policy offers customers who book flights before 31 July 2021 added flexibility with unlimited fee free date changes when travelling before 28 February 2022. (A fare difference may apply).

QANTAS GROUP ROUTES ANNOUNCED OR COMMENCED FLYING FROM JULY 2020

RouteAirline
Sydney-Byron BayQantas
Brisbane-TamworthQantas
Sydney-OrangeQantas
Canberra-Gold CoastQantas
Brisbane-Port MacquarieQantas
Perth-HobartQantas
Canberra-Sunshine CoastQantas
Canberra-CairnsQantas
Hobart-Gold CoastJetstar
Sydney-MerimbulaQantas
Brisbane-HobartQantas
Sydney-LauncestonQantas
Sydney-MilduraQantas
Canberra-HobartQantas
Melbourne-Sunshine CoastQantas
Melbourne-NewcastleQantas
Melbourne-MerimbulaQantas
Sydney-GriffithQantas
Melbourne-Mount GambierQantas
Adelaide-Mount GambierQantas
Melbourne-Wagga WaggaQantas
Melbourne-AlburyQantas
Melbourne-Hamilton IslandJetstar
Perth-OnslowQantas
Melbourne-Coffs HarbourQantas
Brisbane-Coffs HarbourQantas
Canberra-Ballina (Byron Bay)Qantas
Gold Coast-AucklandQantas
Sydney-Hervey BayJetstar
Brisbane-AlburyQantas
Brisbane-Cooma (Snowy Mountains)Qantas
Sydney-Cooma (Snowy Mountains)Qantas
Melbourne-BurnieQantas
Canberra-DarwinQantas
Adelaide-Gold CoastQantas
Cairns-NewcastleJetstar
Melbourne-BusseltonJetstar
Auckland-CairnsQantas

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