Which new long-haul cities does Qantas plan to fly direct?

Qantas has confirmed intentions to add a pair of non-stop, long-haul services in 2022, with a new Indian city planned first, followed later this year by a destination in South Korea, both on the link from Sydney/Kingsford Smith – to find out more detail, read ahead!

The Australian flag carrier is scheduled to launch direct rotations to Bengaluru (previously known as Bangalore) on a four-weekly return basis from September 14 using its 28-strong contingent of Airbus A330 widebodies (pictured).

According to Qantas, its introduction is expected to shave off almost three hours for the current fastest, non-direct times between Sydney and the southern Indian city, which itself is a “growing technology and financial services hub”.

Additionally, as part of the developments, the Australian-based airline has also revealed a “proposed” codeshare agreement with low-cost giant, IndiGo.

Under the deal, customers would have “improved one-stop access to more than 50 Indian cities”. Passengers would be able to transit “seamlessly” between both operators either at Bengaluru, or either in Delhi and Singapore. Complimentary food and drinks, along with the same baggage allowance for the entire trip, would be present for Qantas customers travelling on IndiGo too.

Qantas A330
Qantas fields 28 examples of the Airbus A330, including this -200, VH-EBF (c/n 853) Flickr Commons/BriYYZ

Meanwhile, from December 10, Qantas is slated to add direct Seoul/Incheon flights – also using A330s – although it did not disclose the frequency at the time of writing; the carrier last served the South Korean capital on a scheduled basis back in January 2008.

Moreover, in a further boost for the Qantas Group, its wholly owned budget firm,  Jetstar Airways, is also earmarked to serve Seoul/Incheon non-stop from Sydney. These are set to begin a month earlier on November 2 at thrice-weekly using its 11-strong inventory of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, commented: “Sydney is one of the world’s truly global cities and these new direct flights to India and [South] Korea will make it easier for millions of people to come here.

“It’s clear that Australia is back on the map for international travellers. Demand for our international flights has rebounded since borders reopened, and that’s giving us the confidence to launch these new routes together with the marketing support from Destination New South Wales…”