Qantas boosts Honolulu flights, upgrades route to Airbus A330s

By Chris Chamberlin, August 8 2014

Qantas is boosting its Sydney-Honolulu route from later this year with the introduction of an extra weekly flight and a permanent upgrade to newer Airbus A330 aircraft from the ageing Boeing 767s.

QF3/4 goes A330-only from September 14, providing travellers with a seatback in-flight entertainment screen as opposed to the iPads used with the Boeing 767's wireless Q Streaming system.

From December 20 2014, Saturday flights will also permanently join the Hawaiian roster, made possible by the transfer of one of Jetstar's Airbus A330s to the Qantas fleet.

"Hawaii is an exceptionally popular destination for our frequent flyers and premium leisure customers," said Stephen Thompson, Qantas' Executive Manager Global Sales and Offshore Operations.

During peak travel periods, such as school holidays and the Easter break where leisure demand is at its highest, the Red Roo will also add a fifth weekly Honolulu flight.

The A330 brings with it angled lie-flat Skybed seats in business class, replacing the Boeing 767's recliners – and with the promise of better things to come.

Qantas will eventually be ditching the A330’s ‘sloping sleepers’ with its impressive new lie-flat Business Suite, pictured below.

That said, with the first of these reconfigured birds not due until the end of this year and the fleet-wide upgrade process carrying on until mid-2016, consistency won't be a strong point on the A330 routes until the seat upgrades are completed.

Wheels up from Sydney at 7:40pm, QF3 touches down in Honolulu at 9:25am on the same day.

On the return, QF4 pushes back at 10:55am, reaching Sydney at 5:35pm the following evening.

The change is part of an early retirement program for Qantas' Boeing 767 fleet, and follows other seasonal adjustments to the Flying Kangaroo's network.

These include seasonal services between Perth and Auckland, increased flights to Santiago over the Australian summer and more Airbus A380s on high-demand Hong Kong flights.

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Ryan K

Ryan K

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 296

Finally! This is great news and long overdue.

Speedbird

Speedbird

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 274

Laugh... I was just saying this would happen in response to a comment on here about "wishing Qantas would fly the B787 to Honolulu".

Who knew I had telepathetic powers ;-p

watson374

watson374

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17 Aug 2012

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It's probably the PER-SIN-PER aircraft, too.

Dubya

Dubya

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2014

Total posts 21

Finally a propper option on this route to Jetstar and the dreadful Hawaiian Airlines. Those HA seats are so hard you'll get back spasms in 3 hours and that breakfast burrito- just horrible.

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Finally indeed!  Are there even any comfortable ways of getting from SYD to HNL currently?

Harrison133

Harrison133

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Jan 2014

Total posts 4

I have flown HA from SYD-HNL return and they were far from 'dreadful.'  The seats were fine for a 10 hour flight.  The food was good, in-flight entertainment good and the staff were absolutely fantastic.

Great news for QF and it's customers.  Hawaii is a fantastic place and A330's are a great fit for the route.

Philby

Philby

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15 Jan 2013

Total posts 31

Finally this route gets a decent plane and proper business class, this route has always been short changed.  I remember flying the 747 SP on this route a few times. preferred that over the 767 though. 

icanfly

icanfly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jul 2014

Total posts 7

Does anyone know when the 747 SP's were flying to HNL?

I flew there in 1994 on a 747 but too young to know if it was -300 or an SP. From what I read around that time the 747SP's were doing the Taipei legs anyhow so perhaps I was on a -300

AusFlyer

AusFlyer

10 Mar 2011

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Consistency is never really a Qantas strong point, but it is finally good to see some positive news coming from them!

sagidec

sagidec

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19 Nov 2011

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What a waste of B767 refurbishment investment! Shouldn't have done it in the first place with all that iPad stuff but retire those old fleets instead.

Should have focused the refurb on the A330s. What were they thinking since they already knew they were retiring the B767s before the refurbishment program?

watson374

watson374

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17 Aug 2012

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I'm reasonably confident that the Dreamtime seat VH-OG* 763s were not slated for Q Streaming, nor were the ex-BA Millennium seat VH-ZX* 763s; only the (relatively) newer Millennium seat VH-OG* 763s used on Cityflyer have the Q Streaming.

But I agree that refurbishment of the A330s is a pressing issue, and one that should have taken precedence. However, it's worth noting that the A330 refurbishment is a big job, especially when you think about stripping out all thirty of the blessed things.

PeterLoh

PeterLoh

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25 May 2012

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Yes, they knew that the A330s would be returned from Jetstar so the 767 refurbishments were a stopgap measure in order to more effectively compete against Virgin's A330 coast-to-coast product.

driley28

driley28

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07 May 2012

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Been waiting for this! I have been wanting to go to HNL for a while, but I refuse to go on a dodgy B767.  2015 here we come!

jrfsp

jrfsp

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04 Mar 2014

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will it be a 200 or 300 series? or a mix of both?

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

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Flights are still showing as Boeing 767-300s in the booking engine, so we're not sure whether it'll be a -200 or -300 at this stage (or a mix of both).

The Qantas documents had only "Airbus A330" when mentioning the route, so we'll all have to wait and see!

tonywills

tonywills

09 Nov 2011

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Something everyone is missing about the return of the A330's to QF from JQ and the retirement of the 767 fleet. If you have been to Sydney airport in the last decade you should have noticed usually about 5 or 6 767's parked at gates with only metres between wingtips. Unless QF comes up with an ingeniuos plan, where are they going to park all of the A330's for the triangle routes and Perth. The A330 wingspan is significantly wider. May get very squashed so to speak - I guess they could always stagger A330 with 737-800 - not an easy task. I wonder also if the JQ A330's (many of which were once QF) will retain the black leather seating and Business class from JQ - that will throw the whole upgrade of the entire A330 fleet promise from QF  into chaos - back to the luck of the draw when you board your A330 flight.

brinkers

brinkers

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16 Jun 2011

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I think you will find that there will be less widebody flights on the triangle. Expect more 737s....

NZFlyer

NZFlyer

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04 Mar 2014

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Remember flying SYD-HNL and onto YVR on QF 747 back in 2000

gwilli1

gwilli1

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18 Jun 2013

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They never should have cancelled the YVR flight 

abudhabi1

abudhabi1

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15 Jan 2013

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Did this flight way back at the end of 1989 to Vancouver using the old 747-200's returning a Month later in January 1990 on a school cultural exchange.Wasn't too bad but compared to what they are doing now on the A330's rather old hat.I know you can't compare them but anything is better than a 767.The Oldest of them was about 5 to 7 years younger than the now long gone A300'S which were retired in 1998.

PLATY

PLATY

19 Jan 2012

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Yes the switch over from 767 to A330 is long overdue. Yes it's great when it happens.

However, all we have to go on is an aspirational statement! There is no apparent date - the switch could be a year away!

Just like the rest of Joyce's plan - all talk and no action.

Announce, re-announce, and re-announce the same stuff over and over again. A trickle of idle thought bubbles bobbing in the breese, most popping to nothing from empty centres...

hutch

hutch

07 Oct 2012

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The switch is probably a while away... QF is putting on extra HNL services in Sep/Oct holidays using 767. So that indicates November earliest swap over date.

eminere

eminere

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25 Sep 2013

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Guess we'll believe it when we see it, huh

skyhawk

skyhawk

05 Jun 2011

Total posts 38

Much better offering than NZ and HA recliners to Oceania. QF gone from least competitive to most competitive

PLATY

PLATY

19 Jan 2012

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Not always, perhaps - there are periods when Air NZ runs a 777 to HNL - their business product has been ranked higher than QF by AusBT.

Performa

Performa

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26 Jul 2012

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Again Followers NOT Leaders!!!!!

Mikeologos

Mikeologos

10 Aug 2013

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Actually in this case they are very much the leaders of the pack. The Australia to Hawaii market is controlled by Jetstar (A330), Hawaiian Air (A330 & B767) and Qantas (767 -> A330). 

Qantas will be introducing a business cabin with lie flat beds and superb service, this move will certainly shake up the Hawaiian market, given the fact that at this point in time "business" to Hawaii is no more than a large recliner. Hawaiian Air will have to pick up their game, improving service and upgrading cabins to keep up with Qantas.

qantasislife

qantasislife

08 Jul 2014

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Yay finally. I booked flight for Hawaii for the 14 September and now its operating that serivce instead of the run down 767. Finally there upgrading this serivce.

riskman

riskman

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19 Dec 2013

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Too little too late in my opinion.  Flew the 767 to HNL 2 years ago and swore off it. Impossible to get award seats as well on this route.   Have been back twice since with family, but at least have done it in First on United 747 using lifemiles

gary r chapman

gary r chapman

Air Canada - Aeroplan

29 Jun 2011

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and i remember the B707 that flew LHR - JFK - SFO - HNL - NAN - SYD

and they had another route LHR - MEX - PPT - NAN - SYD i believe.

the SFO - HNL -SYD route carried a whipped out load of aussies who had come in from LHR -- don't know how they did it!?!?!?!  BUT great service and meals.

 

 

 

tonedoggy99

tonedoggy99

12 Sep 2013

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FInally we have a date! this is good news.

AusFlyer

AusFlyer

10 Mar 2011

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Wow... Is that more positive news coming out of Qantas? They are on a roll! 


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