While international borders remain closed, the operator is increasing capacity on its internal routes
Australian flag carrier, Qantas will deploy Boeing 787-9s on domestic flights for the first time in a bid to boost capacity to meet strong demand for internal travel across Australia.
Normally the workhorse of long-haul routes, the company’s Dreamliners have largely been grounded since the country’s borders were closed.
The widebody will operate Sydney-Perth sectors up to nine times a week. The company plans to further expand capacity on this route by adding an Airbus A330-200. The European-built jet will also operate more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne.
The operator has also launched seven new routes – Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart, Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast – providing direct connections.
Five of the services will be operated using Embraer E190s as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines.
The additional flying will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100% of pre-COVID levels in the coming months and the Group’s market share around 70%.
Andrew David, Qantas domestic and international CEO said the new routes would support the growing demand for domestic tourism.
“As most international travel remains off limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travellers,” said David.
“Our strategy of adding new domestic routes is generating revenue from our aircraft rather than leaving them on the ground. It means more work for our people and even more low fares for our customers.”
The flag carrier currently holds a fleet of 11 787s and 28 A330s.