Qantas is upgrading its Sydney-Johannesburg route to an Airbus A380 from July 2024, although the flights will no longer run on a daily basis.
July 8 will see the non-stop trek move from a Boeing 787 to the double-decker superjumbo, with a resultant uplift in capacity from tip to tail – including the A380’s business class and premium economy cabins.
First class will also be available on the Sydney-Jo’burg flights, giving high flyers the opportunity to make this 14-hour trek in the greater comfort of the superjumbo’s ‘open’ suites.
And there appears to be good early availability of first class seats to book with Qantas Points at low Classic Flight Reward rates (142,300 points) on both the Sydney-Johannesburg QF63 and Johannesburg-Sydney QF64 flights.
(Also, keep your eyes peeled for business class Classic Flight Rewards at 94,900 points each way.)
However, as of July 8 the Sydney-Jo’burg service will drop to between four and six times per week, depending on the time of year and demand.
The move will free up the Qantas Boeing 787s to appear on more US-bound routes:
- Sydney-Auckland-New York will move to a daily service, up from the current four flights per week, from August 2024
- Sydney-Los Angeles flights will increase from eight to nine per week from July 2024, with a mix of Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s
Qantas also says Melbourne-Los Angeles will see “more A380 flights on the route from July 2024”, while Sydney-Bali will be upgraded from a domestic Boeing 737 to a far superior twin-aisle Airbus A330 on a daily basis from October 2023.
Qantas and Jetstar combined now stand at around 80% of their pre-Covid international capacity levels; this is on track to reach 100% by March 2024, and surpass that milestone in July 2024.
“Hundreds of thousands of extra seats on our network is great news for our customers planning their next overseas trip,” says Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace.
“We know our customers are looking for great value and this additional capacity will put more downward pressure on fares.”
Driving the push will be the return of the final two A380s, with the ten-strong superjumbo fleet upgraded with new business class and premium economy seats.