Qantas boosts Sydney-Bali to an Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats

By David Flynn, January 25 2019
Qantas boosts Sydney-Bali to an Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats

Qantas is set to make flights on the popular Sydney-Bali corridor a little more cosy by moving from a Boeing 737 to the better-appointed Airbus A330 from 31 March 2019.

For passengers in the pointy end, that means upgrading from this...

... to this.

The Qantas Business Suite seats bring far more comfort and privacy, along with greatly increased personal space for each passenger .

And of course, if you want to catch some shut-eye on the six-hour overnight leg of QF44 from Bali to Sydney, that task will be made much easier in the A330's lie-flat business class beds.

Travellers looking to trade their Qantas Points for a reward seat to Bali and back – a not unpopular option – should find that task made easier due to the significant increase in the number of business class seats on the route, which rockets from 12 on the single-aisle Boeing 737 to 28 on the twin-aisle Airbus A330.

“Bali is an incredibly popular destination with Australians, and we are seeing an increase in demand for premium travel,” observes Qantas International CEO Alison Webster, noting that over 1.2 million Australians visited Indonesia in the 12 months to October 2018, while an estimated one in ten Australians planning an overseas trip in the next twelve months have Bali on their radar.

“Our A330s are extremely popular with customers on other routes into Asia, and having this operate on the overnight flight back from Bali – particularly the fully flat bed in business - will make the flight even more comfortable.”


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.

05 May 2014

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21 Jul 2014

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QF is truly getting back into the Holiday market, great to see the A330 on this route

16 Apr 2016

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Just done it, very comfy, although for once wish the flight was a couple of hours longer to get good sleep !!

24 Oct 2010

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Addendum for those who care: Sydney-Bali will see a mix of A330s, mainly the A330-200 but sometimes the A330-300.

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07 Oct 2016

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Really hope Qantas do the same for QF45/46 for MEL-DPS-MEL soon!!

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04 Mar 2014

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Doesnt EBG do alot of the bali flying at the moment? ie Skybed M1

15 Sep 2012

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Should have kept the 767 -300s around longer! They were ideal for Australia to Asia routes. Qantas should place orders now for the New 797

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02 Jul 2011

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Suspect they will.. but Boeing needs to finish the design and launch it first

01 Jun 2017

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Definitely good competition for Garuda which is currently operating A330 on this route.

Agreed.The Garuda 330 to DPS is a great product and very cost effective when compared to QF, will be interesting to see how many reward seats become available initially.


21 Jul 2011

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This is great, but where has the aircraft been redeployed from? Bali’s gain is someone else’s loss and I’d be intrigued as to who actually lost

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30 May 2013

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With the 787 now on some HKG flights, there may be some A330's around to do this service.

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04 Nov 2017

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IIRC, the 787 on the HKG services are an interim measure pending on the QF/AA JV approval from the USA end.

Once the outcome of the QF/AA JV has been determined, it's likely the 787 on the HKG service will be redeployed to one of the USA routes.

10 Aug 2015

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Hopeuflly BNE is launched now

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04 Nov 2017

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BNE-DPS is probably a candidate to take SYD's 737 currently used on the DPS service outside of peak seasons.

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10 Apr 2012

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Just wondering what the normal scheduled departure times of these Sydney-Bali flights are?

An easy way to get flight timings is to enter "flights Sydney to Bali" into Google, scroll past the ads at the top of the results page and you'll see a table showing all airlines on that route, then click on the entry for Qantas.


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14 Sep 2012

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The 737 is just so customer unfriendly over 5++ hours so great to see QF recognising this on key good routes like PER-SG, Bali.


19 Apr 2012

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I think Hong Kong will stay and the new flights to USA will be from the next batch of six later in the year.

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18 Feb 2015

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Stop taking our transcon 330’s away and replacing wth 738’!

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21 Mar 2018

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At last... and a much better product than Garuda which when I last travelled on, was not a fully flat bed.

Red eyes are bad enough without being on an angled slope

28 Jan 2019

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Wish they would do this sooner

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10 Mar 2014

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This is great news - well done Qantas... you should be adding the A330-900 neo to your fleet! Same economics on short haul like Aus to Asia as 787's and oh... much cheaper too! Much more bang for your buck.

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01 Mar 2013

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Feedback Please! Has anyone flown SYD/DPS recently on QF43/44 in Business? Appreciate your thoughts on the flight (in particular around Surfboard's as excess baggage). Cheers!

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