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Qantas pumps more than 250,000 new international seats into the market

The Flying Kangaroo’s latest seat capacity increase boosts availability, but will the price of fares actually come down?

Qantas will fly its Airbus A380 to South Africa for the first time from July 2024.

Qantas will equal its pre-pandemic capacity by March next year and surpass it by July, with the Flying Kangaroo yesterday announcing a further latest capacity increase with 250,000 new seats on international flights added to its network.

Delivered through extra flights and larger aircraft deployed on popular routes, the capacity increase comes as Qantas takes delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and returns more of its flagship Airbus A380 superjumbos which have completed post-storage maintenance and returned to service.

The latest capacity increase comes on top of the announcement earlier this year of one-million new seats, which included the carrier’s return to China and San Francisco along with increased frequencies to Singapore, Hong Kong and Solomon Islands.

Travellers will benefit through better availability on services to Bali, Los Angeles, New York and Johannesburg, with flights from Sydney to the Indonesian hotspot being upgraded from a daily Boeing 737 to an Airbus A330 aircraft, complete with the airline’s popular lie-flat Business Class, effective from October.

Travellers can lie-flat all the way to Bali from October 2023.

Another big change will see Qantas introduce the A380 on the Sydney to Johannesburg route for the first time from July 2024, which will nearly double capacity on the route during peak times.

Qantas’ North American routes will also be upgraded, beginning with an additional flight from Sydney to New York JFK, via Auckland from August 2024, following the route’s successful launch in June 2023.

The extra weekly flight will take services on the ultra-long haul marathon from three to four weekly.

Qantas will ramp up capacity on flights to New York JFK, via Auckland.

One month earlier, flights from Sydney to Los Angeles will increase from eight to nine weekly across a mixture of A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft, while capacity between Melbourne and LAX is confirmed to grow with more of the superjumbos flying between the two cities, also from July 2024.

“Hundreds of thousands of extra seats on our network is great news for our customers planning their next overseas trip,” said Qantas International CEO, Cam Wallace.

“We know our customers are looking for great value and this additional capacity will put more downward pressure on fares.

“The additional capacity will largely be made possible through our final two A380s returning to the Qantas fleet following heavy maintenance and cabin improvements.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 22 August 2023

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