Qantas axes some routes, boosts others

By David Flynn, February 16 2012
Qantas axes some routes, boosts others

Qantas will make a number of changes to both domestic and international routes over May-June. Here's a run-down of what you need to know.

Routes cut

Qantas' Singapore-Mumbai and Auckland-Los Angeles flights will cease as of 6 May. If your travels took you from Singapore to Mumbai or from Auckland to Los Angeles, contact the airline to discuss your options.

As previously announced, Qantas will also end flights to London from Hong Kong and Bangkok as of March.

Routes boosted

Sydney-Tokyo services will move to a daily Boeing 747 service from 10 June (Qantas currently runs an Airbus A330 one day per week).

The Los Angeles-New York leg which continues from Qantas' flights into LAX will be upgraded from an Airbus A330 to a Boeing 747 from 6 May. This will be one of the 747s which have been fitted with  Airbus A380-grade seats to provide a higher consistency of product for business travellers.

Aircraft changes

Newer Airbus A330 aircraft are swapping around with Boeing 747s on certain routes.

If your flight has changed aircraft, check out our guides to picking the best seats in business class on the new plane used on your flight.

  • Sydney-Bangkok: Airbus A330 replaces Boeing 747 from 19 June
  • Sydney-Perth: Airbus A330 replaces the Boeing 747 used on some flights from 6 May
  • Melbourne-Perth: extra A330 flights from 6 May
  • Sydney-Auckland: Boeing 737 replaces Airbus A330 (used on the cut Auckland-LA flight)

Australian Business Traveller will continue to bring you everything you need to know about Qantas' 16 February announcements. Keep tuned here at and on Twitter: we're @AusBT.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Nov 2011

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David, the axeing of Mumbai is surprising given the current meteoric rise of India as one of Asias powers.  I can only imagine that the cost of running a QF bird there is simply uncompetative.   Have you heard anything about Mumbai (or Bangalore) being a key destination that the QF/MAS premium carrier is looking at, with lower cost base 2-3 A320 flights per day from KUL/SIN - BOM would provide a better schedule and undoubtedly better pricing than the current arrangement of flying an aircraft on from BNE in between schedules.

24 Oct 2010

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We've heard absolutely zip on Qantasia destinations, Dr T – the only cities cited have been KL and Singapore, and both in the context of being candidates for the airline's HQ & hub.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2011

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I wouldn't be surprised if Jetstar Asia stepped into the Singapore-Mumbai service. This would still allow traffic through QF bookings

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