Qantas continues Indian expansion with Sydney-Bangalore flights

The new four-times weekly service comes amid plans to partner with India’s domestic airline IndiGo.

By David Flynn, April 8 2022
Qantas continues Indian expansion with Sydney-Bangalore flights

Qantas will become the first airline to offer non-stop flights between Sydney and Bangalore – also known as Bengaluru – in a move which builds upon the carrier’s recent expansion to New Delhi.

The launch schedule sees four return flights a week (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday) beginning from September 14 on the Qantas Airbus A330, with the new route effectively slotting in place of the seasonal Sydney-Delhi service which finished its debut run at the end of March.

The airline claims the 13 million-strong population of the growing technology and financial services hub “has strong connections to Australia for both business travel and people visiting friends and relatives. These trade connections are expected to strengthen following the recent announcement of the Australia-India free trade agreement.”

But it won’t just be about that 12-hour trip to Bangalore: Qantas will partner with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic carrier, to give travellers “improved one-stop access to more than 50 Indian cities.”

The proposed codeshare agreement will mean Qantas passengers can transit seamlessly from Qantas flights in Bengaluru, Delhi or even Singapore onto IndiGo services to other major Indian cities, as well as smaller ones such as Pune and Goa.

Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights which carry a QF code, while IndiGo will recognise Qantas Frequent Flyer benefits for Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members including priority check-in, additional baggage allowance and priority baggage.

“Our new direct flights to Bengaluru, combined with the planned codeshare with IndiGo, have the potential to reshape the way many people travel between Australia and India” predicts Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

Joyce also cited the signing of the Australia-India free trade agreement as “a driver of travel demand as trade and investment links expand between Australia and India’s population of more than one billion people.”

Tickets for the Sydney-Bengaluru flights are on sale today, while the first three return services between Sydney and Bengaluru will also be ‘Points Planes’ where frequent flyers can use Qantas Points to book any seat as a Classic Reward Seat until the end of April 2022, at 37,600 points for a one-way economy booking and 94,900 points in business class.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2013

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Great idea except for the indigo bit. Indigo is an amazing airline, but it is ultra low cost. it is punctual, and very effective, but it is not i would call a premium domestic connection. However, they could have signed up with Vistara for a premium connectivity, even though Vistara is part owned by SQ. 

Does this mean Sydney-Delhi is no more?

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Vistara patners with Star Alliance  for a much nicer experience than Oneworld/Qantas

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Nov 2021

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Surprised they didn't consider returning to Mumbai. Maybe after the new airport opens in 2024?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 May 2020

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I doubt SQ would of approved a Vistara hookup which doesn't leave anyone really other than LCC's or Air India which I'm sure SQ would also of been in their ear about given the Vistara relationship as well.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

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This is great move by QF to push further into India.

All key domestic airlines in India are LCC. Vistara is based out of Delhi hub so not a great domestic feeder ex BLR.

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12 Sep 2011

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Lufthansa went to India decades ago, and reaped the rewards.  Like South America, it is still one of the multiple destinations which Lufthansa Gruppe including Swiss offered/will offer First  Etihad went ages ago too with its First product allowing connections from India to USA via Abu Dhabi  We are always a bit slow on the uptake it seems ......

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

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I think the issue with Delhi is non stop range. At the moment via Adelaide when into the wind: Bangalore is non stop each way and can connect with vistara from Delhi and elsewhere. Also being in the south no backtracking as a hub (except Chennai).

08 Apr 2022

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It is an excellent move by Qantas, as a Bengaluru hub covers most other important towns inSouth India with high speed trains, air or road. Typically Mysore, Coimbatore, Salem, Puttaparthi, Tirupati, even Chennai etc.  I had suggested this option to AirIndia about a year ago but they ignored it.

28 Feb 2014

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Fantastic News! The Bangalore airport is excellent. The immigration lines here I have experianced are a lot smaller than Mumbai / Dehli; connecting to a domestic flight is good as it is a single terminal (I think a second terminal was being built), and the location means less travel times to places like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Well done, Qantas! 

25 Feb 2015

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Does anyone know what lounge access will be for these QF BLR flights? Currently QF website only mentions the Delhi lounge in India, nothing in Bengaluru.

I can only assume Qantas will arrange some agreement with the BLR LoungePass international lounge there. 

It’s a shame airport lounges in India aren’t at the standard of their (quite excellent) hotels. They tend to be overcrowded and not all that clean in my experience. Also a shame India Airports (I believe) restrict airlines from operating their own lounges in a lot of stations.


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