Qantas adds A330s to Perth-Melbourne, ups DFW to daily
In good news for those who are unimpressed with its aged 767s, Qantas has announced a large increase in A330 frequencies between Perth and Melbourne and the withdrawal of the now aged Boeing twin-aisle jet from the route from 15 October.
From that change over date the current timetable for 44 weekly rotations by the Airbus wide body jet will be lifted to to 68 weekly, of which 37 weekly will be in its much more generously spaced international configuration on the route compared to 25 flights with the better seats now.
The 767 had a long and popular role in Qantas domestic operations, but all good jets wear out their welcome eventually, as their fuel economy, maintenance costs and reliability lose touch with the efficiencies of newer types, and they were originally targeted for replacement by the 787 order announced in 2005 for deliveries starting in 2008.
The Qantas announcement doesn’t say where the additional A330s will come from in terms of its current use of the type in both domestic and international formats, which includes the -300 and -200 versions of the airliner.
In context, this is part of the capacity and quality contest Qantas has joined with Virgin Australia, which is also using A330-200s on its major Perth transcontinental services.
Qantas has previously announced the reintroduction of two class 747-400s on the Perth-Sydney route from 9 July.
The airline says it will also bring its Australia-Dallas Fort Worth services using 747-400ERs up to daily frequency from a current six rotations a week to daily from 1 July.
DFW is the major hub of its alliance partner American Airlines.