Qantas boosts Bali schedule

Qantas and Jetstar are both adding flights between Bali and Melbourne. (Seth Jaworski)
Qantas and Jetstar are both adding flights between Bali and Melbourne. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas plans to launch a new daily nonstop flight between Bali and Melbourne while its low-cost-carrier (LCC) unit Jetstar adds more services on the route.

From June 23 2018, Qantas will offer a daily 737-800 service on Melbourne-Bali, with QF45 departing Melbourne in the afternoon for an evening arrival in Bali. The reciprocal QF46 was scheduled as red-eye flight, arriving back in Melbourne just before 0600.

It will be the oneworld alliance member’s second nonstop service to the popular Indonesian tourist destination, having resumed Sydney-Bali flights in 2015 on a seasonal basis and then upgrading the route to daily a short time later.

Meanwhile, Jetstar in early February increased its Boeing 787-8 flights between Melbourne and Bali to twice daily, from 10 times weekly previously.

Qantas international chief executive Alison Webster noted the number of Australians travelling to Bali had doubled over the past five years.

“As a Group, we’ve built flexibility in to our network to respond to growing demand where we see it,” Webster said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Bali is a very popular holiday destination which caters to different budgets and tastes and with more services between the two countries, we are able to provide customers with greater choice.”

Qantas has likely freed up a 737-800 for the route following its move to transfer two Airbus A320s from Jetstar to its Western Australia-based Network Aviation business for charter flights.

The two A320s were slated to take over some fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) and charter services to WA’s remote mining destinations operated by Boeing 737-800s.

The other 737-800 was likely to be used for previously announced extra nonstop flights between Perth and Singapore.

The new Qantas flights will add 1,218 one-way seats on the Melbourne-Bali route, given its 737-800s are configured with 12 business and 162 economy seats for a total of 174.

It will be the only narrowbody operator on Melbourne-Bali, with Garuda Indonesia (A330s) and Jetstar (787-8) deploying widebodied aircraft on the route.

Virgin Australia served Bali from Melbourne, also with 737-800s, until 2015 before handing over the route to its LCC unit Tigerair Australia in March 2016.

However, Tigerair Australia served Bali for less than a year and was forced to permanently withdraw from the route in February 2017 after reaching an impasse with the Indonesian government, who suspended suspended the airline’s flights due to what it said was a breach of its charter permit.

Indonesia AirAsia X also previously operated on Melbourne-Bali, but dropped the route in September 2016 amid heavy financial losses.

Aviation thinktank CAPA – Centre for Aviation’s Blue Swan Daily website said in a research note in early January 2018 Melbourne-Bali was a route that had “high load factors and yields” given the exit of Indonesia AirAsia X and Tigerair Australia.

Comments

  1. Dave says

    No thanks Qantas. Much rather fly Garudas A330 that distance than be stuck in a QF 737 with limited leg space on a redeye. And the last lot of service i recieved on QF was appaulling

  2. David says

    Dave, I think the way you bash in QF in all your posts on this site is incredibly sad. Do you have anything else to do but troll?

  3. PC says

    Actually the o/p has a point though re seat pitch & widthe on the scarebuss even the 787 is pretty cramped .The article mentions a second 737/8 per sing – Although a good enough flight in cattle class would love to see an A330 on it .But can not fault the cabin service or meals on that leg last 3 flights all been near chockers also

  4. Mac Carter says

    Too bad the Jetstar Bali service from Townsville can’t be supported long term.
    Aircraft are always mostly full.
    This service will be sorely missed.