Qantas plans international capacity boost to Asia, New Zealand over summer

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 11, 2015
Qantas's Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP prepares to depart Perth for the resumption of the airline's Perth-Singapore service. (Chris Frame)
Qantas’s Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP prepares to depart Perth for the resumption of the airline’s Perth-Singapore service in June. (Chris Frame)

Qantas is boosting its recently revived Perth-Singapore service to daily and adding a fifth weekly flight to Jakarta as part of seasonal frequency increases for the upcoming summer holidays.

There is also a planned boost on trans-Tasman services included in the more than 140 extra flights scheduled between the end of November and February, Qantas said on Tuesday.

“A key part of our strategy is listening to and responding to our customers’ needs and developing an agile and flexible network which offers more options during peak periods,” said Qantas executive manager of international sales Stephen Thompson said in a statement.

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Qantas’s Perth-Singapore flights, which currently operate five days a week with Boeing 737-800 aircraft after launching in June, will increase to daily between November 30 and February 21 2016.

Meanwhile Jakarta will be served five times a week in the month between December 7 and January 10 2016, compared with four times a week currently.

“We are really pleased to be able to meet demand for travel between Brisbane and both Wellington and Christchurch with the return of direct services during December and January,” Thompson said.

“Our additional services to Singapore and Jakarta are also good news for customers travelling to destinations across Asia, with the daily frequency between Perth and Singapore over the holidays confirming that our decision to return to this route was the right one.”

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Last Friday, Virgin Australia also announced seasonal capacity increases across its New Zealand and Pacific Islands network that were due to be added from late October.

“These increases represent more than 52,000 additional seats on trans-Tasman and Pacific routes during the 2016 financial year,” Virgin said in a statement.

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6 Comments

  • Bernard Beston

    says:

    But still no flights from Brisbane to Wellington. The same problem with the Sydney to Jakarta flight increases.
    All out of Sydney.
    No flights from Melbourne? Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide to Jakarta.
    It’s time to change the name to ANTAS!
    No longer does the Airline fly Queenslanders except via Sydney.
    Doesn’t the Airline realise Queensland became independent from New South Wales in 1859?

  • Paul

    says:

    I agree Brisbane is left out, I booked this morning to fly to UK on Monday and have to go via Sydney or pay top dollar to go with Emirates.
    Fly a 380/747 from Auckland/Brisbane/Dubai/London and it will be full. I don’t want to fly Emirates.

    Came back last night from Perth with Qantas, great service great plane and full.

  • Mackai

    says:

    Good to see that Perth to Singapore will be increased, but how about a bit of creativity, would like to see some new markets, from Perth. There is opportunity to fly to Kuala Lumpur and fill the void left from Malaysian Airlines, also because they are a OneWorld hub, would allow connectivity to other destinations. Would allow qantas to be more competitive. Singapore Airlines and Emirates are definetly leading the charge in regards to Perth

  • Stuart Lawrence

    says:

    If Europe is a problem for Qantas why not concentrate on flight to Seoul Kula Lumper Mumbai More Chinese cities etc

  • Ron Hall

    says:

    Why not have a QF connection from SIN to LHR as they used to. Not everyone wants to fly via Dubai, especially if doing business in the East.

  • PhilC

    says:

    Wondering why Bangkok BKK is always left out the of QF eqaution from Perth ?
    Especialy Perth Per -BKk and a decent port in the EU cant be all bad surely ?
    A330 with a belly load in part can do BKK to London with reserves

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