QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:
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 on May 25 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.
Route Start Date Return flights per week Aircraft
Adelaide - Townsville August 2021 3 per week E190
Adelaide - Cairns August 2021 4 per week E190
Adelaide - Hobart September 2021 Up to 7 per week E190
Sydney - Townsville September 2021 7 per week E190
Melbourne - Townsville September 2021 7 per week E190
Perth - Gold Coast September 2021 3 per week B737
Sydney - Uluru March 2022 5 per week B737
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
Route Added or upgauged flights Aircraft Total weekly flights (all aircraft)
Sydney-Perth Up to 9 per week 787 Dreamliner 34
Up to 4 per week A330
Melbourne-Perth Up to 24 per week A330 37
Sydney-Darwin Up to 7 per week A330 12
Brisbane-Darwin Up to 3 per week A330 9
QANTAS GROUP ROUTES ANNOUNCED OR COMMENCED FLYING FROM JULY 2020
Sydney-Byron Bay Qantas
Canberra-Gold Coast Qantas
Brisbane-Port Macquarie Qantas
Canberra-Sunshine Coast Qantas
Hobart-Gold Coast Jetstar
Melbourne-Sunshine Coast Qantas
Melbourne-Mount Gambier Qantas
Adelaide-Mount Gambier Qantas
Melbourne-Wagga Wagga Qantas
Melbourne-Hamilton Island Jetstar
Melbourne-Coffs Harbour Qantas
Brisbane-Coffs Harbour Qantas
Canberra-Ballina (Byron Bay) Qantas
Gold Coast-Auckland Qantas
Sydney-Hervey Bay Jetstar
Brisbane-Cooma (Snowy Mountains) Qantas
Sydney-Cooma (Snowy Mountains) Qantas
Adelaide-Gold Coast Qantas
Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNI (msn 66073) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947836.