Qantas adds seven new routes and puts Dreamliner on domestic

Latest News|Published 25 May 2021

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, Melbourne and Brisbane. 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.  

New routes

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 

Fares on all routes are available from today, with Qantas offering special one way fares including $139 on Adelaide-Hobart, $179 on Sydney-Townsville and $229 Perth-Gold Coast. Sale ends 11:59pm AEST 27 May 2021, unless sold out prior.
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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. 

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

Important information

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