This change was confirmed as part of an update to Qantas’ international network, including the debut of Qantas 787s to fly to Hawaii. This deployment to Honolulu will not only increase capacity but will also be the first to include Qantas’ Premium Economy class alongside Economy and Business.
Among the many network enhancements already announced by Qantas for the approaching Northern Winter schedule season is the reinstatement of nonstop flights to Shanghai for the first time in over three years.
Throughout this time, Qantas will also introduce other new routes “to support the strong demand for international travel,” the company added, with Shanghai being the last destination to return to its pre-COVID network. Qantas now flies to Honiara and Wellington from Brisbane, and Jetstar also flies to Tokyo Narita.
Qantas will increase the number of weekly flights between Sydney and Auckland and New York City from three to four, while Jetstar will begin offering daily service between Brisbane and Auckland. Qantas will increase capacity by upgrading from 737s to A330s for its daily Sydney-Bali route, and it will increase frequency on its Melbourne-to-Hong Kong, Singapore, and Los Angeles routes.
As of 26 November, the number of weekly flights between Australia and Tokyo will increase from 14 to 28, giving travellers four daily options.