Qantas has announced that it is upgrading
aircraft on its East Cost to Perth services, introducing Wide body Airbus A330
Aircraft, which amongst other changes will see the Business Class seating
configuration on these routes changed from its existing 2-3-2 configuration to
a 2-2-2 seating configuration.
In total 4300 additional seats will be added
on Perth Routes (Sydney to Perth additional 500 Seats per week, Brisbane to
Perth additional 1700 seats per week, Melbourne to Perth an additional 2100
seats per week )
Sydney, Perth – B747-400 will operate six
round trips per week from May and internationally configured Airbus 330
services also increased from three round trips per week to five. Taken
together, these changes are added over 500 additional seats per week;
Brisbane, Perth – domestic wide-body A330-200
services will be introduced in seven round-trip per week, along with improved
return services six B737 wide-body aircraft. This will add over 1,700 seats to
Melbourne, Perth – more than 2,100 additional
seats will be added each week, including the three services operated by A330
aircraft configured at the international level, and
New Qantas A330 will be reconfigured to
provide more space and comfort for passengers in the car business.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
WIDE-BODY AIRCRAFT TO TARGET EAST/WEST
Qantas is targeting the growing demand from business travellers between
the eastern states and Perth by deploying internationally configured wide-body
aircraft to these routes including its Boeing 747 aircraft.
Qantas will make a number of key changes to services operating in and
out of Perth over the coming months, which will increase capacity by more than
4300 seats each week. These include:
Sydney-Perth – B747-400 aircraft will
operate six round trips per week from May and internationally configured Airbus
330 services will also be increased from three round trips per week to five.
Combined, these changes will add more than 500 additional seats per week;
Brisbane-Perth – domestic wide-body A330-200 services will be introduced
on seven round trips a week in addition to the upgrading of six round trip B737
services with wide-body aircraft. This will add more than 1700 seats to the
Melbourne-Perth – more than 2100 additional seats will be added each
week, including three services operated by internationally configured A330
Qantas’ new A330s will be reconfigured to provide more space and comfort
for passengers in the Business cabin.
Qantas Chief Executive
Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the changes were a direct response to
the growing demand for travel to Perth particularly from business passengers.
“Increasing the premium
service we provide business customers flying from east to west will help further
cement our position as the ‘Best for Business’ airline,” Mr
“Passengers in both cabins of
the Boeing 747 between Perth and Sydney will experience Qantas’ globally-renowned
international service. Business passengers will experience the Skybed Business Class
seats, with passengers in both cabins having personal in-flight entertainment
“Our competitors can simply
not match the service that Qantas offers, particularly the Skybeds, which provide
increased comfort on the longer routes between the eastern states and Perth.
increases wide-body aircraft used across the Perth to Sydney, Melbourne and
Brisbane routes to more than 90 per cent and increases total capacity by 15 per
The changes build on increases in intra-Western Australia capacity in
the coming months, including the launch of Perth to Exmouth services and recent
the acquisition of resource charter operator, Network Aviation.