Qantas boosts international network: restoring capacity, adding more aircraft, launching new routes

Latest News|Published 19 May 2023

Qantas will boost its international network with extra flights, more aircraft and new routes as it restores capacity in line with strong travel demand and the broader recovery of the aviation industry.

From late October 2023, we will add around one million seats to our international network over 12 months compared to our current schedule, offering your customers more choice to popular destinations across Asia, the United States and the Pacific.

The additional capacity will be made possible through a combination of more Qantas aircraft returning to service, new aircraft joining the fleet and an arrangement with oneworld® partner Finnair to operate two Airbus A330 aircraft on two Qantas routes. Visit our dedicated page for more information on our lease arrangement with Finnair.

The network changes will see the Group’s international capacity grow to around 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels by March 2024, up from 44 per cent 12 months ago and 84 per cent today. Most of the flying announced today will be powered by the 2,400 pilots and cabin crew that have been recruited since borders reopened; a further 300 people will be needed by the end of the year.

Over the past six months, we have brought five international aircraft back into its fleet – some from long term storage and some that were on standby as operational spares while the industry stabilised. A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived in May and another two will be delivered next month. The latest Qantas A380 stored in the desert was reactivated in January and an additional A380 will return to service at the end of the year following maintenance and modifications to the cabin.

This announcement comes as we prepare to resume San Francisco flights next week and launch its inaugural service from Sydney to New York via Auckland next month. Seasonal services to Rome and flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong will resume in June.

Qantas will boost flying on the following routes from 29 October 2023:

Melbourne – Los Angeles Flights to increase from daily to nine per week, increasing capacity by around 60 per cent with more A380 flying.
Sydney – New York via Auckland Flights to increase from three to four per week.

Tickets for the new services will be progressively available for sale from today.

Ticket credits can be used when booking Qantas flights. The travel expiry date for these credits was recently extended, giving your customers an extra 12 months to travel provided they book by 31 December this year.

The Finnair A330 aircraft will operate selected Qantas flights between Sydney and Singapore from late October and all flights between Sydney and Bangkok from late March 2024, freeing up Qantas aircraft and crew to boost flying elsewhere. For the first two-and-a-half years of this agreement, flights will be operated by Finnair pilots and cabin crew, with customers continuing to receive Qantas’ inflight food and beverage service, amenities, inflight entertainment and baggage allowance. From late 2025, two Finnair A330s will be dry leased, operating for up to three years with Qantas pilots and cabin crew, creating new jobs and further promotional opportunities within Qantas.

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