25 February 2011

Qantas Trans Tasman Fleet and Schedule Updates

Qantas has made a number of timing changes to the schedule between New Zealand and Australia gateway ports for the Northern Summer period effective from 27 March. Adjustments have been made to facilitate an improved schedule between Auckland and Melbourne, and improved connectivity via Melbourne and Sydney to onward points in Europe and Asia.

The morning service has been scheduled for a later departure at 0650, ideally suited to delivering corporate customers in Melbourne at 0900 ready for a full business day. The evening flight to Melbourne has been brought forward to now depart Auckland at 1845 and arriving Melbourne at 2055. This service will connect with the Qantas flight to London (QF29) departing at 2250 six days per week. The two evening flights from Melbourne to Auckland departing 1610 and 1805, now leave at 1150 and 1730 providing an improved spread of services through the day. The morning departure remains at 0600, timed for a one-hour connection for inbound passengers from London on QF10.

There is an earlier departure at 0800 for the second flight of the day from Auckland, so customers will arrive at 0940 to make the most of their day in Sydney. The A330 service QF114, will depart Auckland at 1245 to provide an improved connection time with Qantas services to London, Frankfurt, Bangkok and Singapore using widebody aircraft all the way. The retiming of flight QF113 from Sydney to Auckland to depart at 1600, improves the spread of flights available on this city pair and is an option for an early business day finish in Sydney.

Qantas now operates B737-800 aircraft (73H) on all routes with the exception of Auckland-Brisbane where a B737-400 aircraft is used; and Auckland-Melbourne which operates with a mix of the two types.
In addition to 73H aircraft flying between Auckand and Sydney, an A330 flight operates six days of the week departing Auckland at 1245 to meet convenient departures from Sydney to Europe and Asia.

The latest of the New Zealand-registered Jetconnect Boeing 737-838 aircraft they operate for Qantas is seen landing at Auckland on the 24th of February 2011. Photo : W Grant

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