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QANTAS: More routes & frequency and Dreamliners on domestic routes

QANTAS: More routes & frequency and Dreamliners on domestic routes

With domestic demand going gangbusters – I even got put in a holding pattern in Sydney on my return from Hobart last weekend – Qantas is opening up new routes, putting more flights on existing routes, and re-purposing long haul Dreamliners to some of the services from the east coast to Perth.

New Routes

We now have 7 new Qantas domestic routes we can book – some using the 94 seat Embraer 190 jets leased from Alliance Airlines:

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

You can book these new routes from today, and some come with special introductory fares like:

  • $139 on Adelaide-Hobart,
  • $179 on Sydney-Townsville
  • $229 Perth-Gold Coast
Perth Business Lounge

A330’s and wide bodied Dreamliners on longer range domestic routes

Enjoy business suites usually reserved for the international crowd on 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners between east and west coast.

If you luck out on a Dreamliner, likely you will be on an A300-200 formerly assigned to international routes to Asia. Expect to see these also on Darwin to Sydney and Brisbane routes.

RouteAdded or upgauged flightsAircraftTotal weekly flights
Sydney-PerthUp to 9 per week787 Dreamliner34
Sydney-PerthUp to 4 per weekA33034
Melbourne-PerthUp to 24 per weekA33037
Sydney-DarwinUp to 7 per weekA33012
Brisbane-DarwinUp to 3 per weekA3309

Using these big birds is going to get Qantas domestic flying over and above pre-COVID levels. We just want to fly domestically these days – can’t keep a good flyer down!

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

Andrew David, Qantas Domestic and International CEO

Flexible flying

Remember, that up until the end of July, you get unlimited changes without fees being charged, for flights through until 28 February 2022. Although remember that you will need to pay if there is any fare change.

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