Qantas increases widebody domestic services to Perth, including Boeing 747-400

ABOVE: VH-OEF Boeing 747-438ER of Qantas, landing on runway 03 at Perth Airport on 3 April 2005.
Photo © David Eyre

Qantas media release:

Wide-Body Aircraft to Target East/West Growth

Sydney, 16 February 2011

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 route;
  • Melbourne-Perth – more than 2100 additional seats will   be added each week, including three services operated by internationally   configured A330 aircraft; and
  • 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 Joyce said.

“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   options.

“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.

“Today’s announcement 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 cent.”

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.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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