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Qantas expands international flying as aircraft return

Qantas has announced that it plans to exceed its pre-COVID international flying capacity next year as its final A380s return from storage and new Boing 787 Dreamliners are delivered.

The airline is today adding more than 250,000 seats to and from Australia, with a focus on New York, Los Angeles, Bali and Johannesburg.

The changes include:

  • Sydney-Bali – larger Airbus A330 aircraft will replace daily Boeing 737 flights from October this year with more premium seats and fully-flat beds in business class
  • Sydney-Auckland-New York – following the successful launch of the new route in June this year, flights will increase from four per week to daily from August 2024
  • Sydney-Johannesburg – for the first time Qantas A380s will operate to South Africa from July 2024, nearly doubling capacity during peak periods
  • Melbourne-Los Angeles – capacity will increase by around 20 per cent with more A380 flights on the route from July 2024
  • Sydney-Los Angeles – flights will increase from eight to nine per week from July 2024, operated with a mix of 787 and A380 aircraft.

The A380s have all been refurbished with the airline’s latest economy, premium economy, business and first class seats.

Qantas appears to be in the process of updating its booking system to reflect the new flights. We don’t see any new reward seats available, but that could change, so keep an eye out!

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  1. This is no big deal. Still no business class award seats available for points, and I find the lounge passes pretty useless.


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