Qantas lines up key route changes for United States and Asia flights
Expect new aircraft and new services to Manila and Osaka.
Qantas has announced it's making a number of changes across its international network in response to demand and to better use its fleet.
Asia route changes
One of the biggest changes we’re excited for is increased capacity to Asia from 7 December, with an additional A330 service between Sydney and Osaka (QF33/34) bringing the service up to four-times weekly.
From 28 October Qantas will also add a Tuesday Sydney-Manila (QF19/20) service, providing customers with daily flights between the two cities.
Where there are increases there will also be decreases and from 28 October, the airline is reducing its Sydney to Beijing service (QF107/108) to five times weekly, eliminating Tuesday and Thursday flights due to low demand.
US route changes
The biggest changes here is on the airline's last remaining Los Angeles Boeing 747 services. These are finally being replaced by a combination of Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from 3 December 2018. As at 4 December this change will mean daily A380 services to Los Angeles from both Sydney and Melbourne.
Ever mindful of the peak holiday period, Qantas is increases services on its Sydney-San Francisco and Sydney-Honolulu flights over Christmas. For Honolulu flights, this change is expected to continue until Easter.
The only reduction to US flights is between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth service which will be reduced to six times per week from 4 February 2019.
Of the changes, a Qantas spokesperson said “We’re already seeing strong demand for the end of year holiday period on our services to Los Angeles and Osaka, so we expect the extra capacity to be well received.”
Tickets for the new routes will be progressively available to book from tomorrow. Any flights affected by the above changes will be re-booked or given the option to change flights.