Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Qantas has flight makeover for summer

Qantas has rejigged its international network to include seasonal services between Perth and Auckland over summer and increase flight frequencies on routes to Asia and the US.

Speaking in Melbourne on Wednesday, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said it had been possible to make the changes through more efficient maintenance and ensuring planes were not left idle.

"By making a few small changes to the way we do maintenance, we can increase the utilisation of these aircraft – without increasing capital expenditure," he said.

The changes to its network include twice weekly services using an A330 aircraft on the Perth-Auckland route from early December to the end of January.

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It comes after Air New Zealand last year increased capacity between Perth and Auckland by replacing a Boeing 767 with a larger 777 aircraft.

From November, Qantas also will increase the number of A380 flights between Sydney and Hong Kong from four to five a week, which will lift its capacity on that route by 5 per cent.

As a result, a Boeing 747 used on the Hong Kong route will be switched to flying between Brisbane and Los Angeles, which will increase the airline's frequency from six to seven services a week.

Qantas will also reschedule its existing Sydney-Christchurch service to better connect with its international services from Australia's largest city, as well as the network of its alliance partner Emirates.

With Qantas locked in a battle with Virgin Australia, Mr Joyce told the business audience that "if there is a domestic aviation war, then the Qantas Group is winning on all fronts".

Qantas will report its full-year results on August 29, one day before Virgin.


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