Qantas to continue seasonal Perth-Auckland flights

By Chris Chamberlin, March 20 2015
Qantas to continue seasonal Perth-Auckland flights

Qantas' Airbus A330 flights between Perth and Auckland will run again this coming summer, but with the airline bringing the start date forward to spring.

From October 30 through December 6, QF111 is wheels up from Perth at 8:30pm on Fridays, arriving into Auckland at 8am the following morning.

On the return, QF112 will depart Auckland at 12:25pm on Sundays, touching down in Perth at 3pm on the same day.

That ramps up to twice-weekly from December 11 2015 until 26 March 2016, with services from Perth on Fridays and Saturdays and return flights from Auckland on Saturdays and Sundays – following the same timing as above.

Qantas Club members, Gold frequent flyers and passengers at the pointy end can make use of Qantas' business class lounges in both Perth and Auckland, while Platinum-grade members can instead relax in the Qantas First Lounge in Auckland.

Just don't expect what you'd find in the flagship Sydney or Melbourne lounges – the first class facilities in Auckland are similar to Qantas' aged First Lounge in Brisbane and come sans the day spa and a la carte restaurant.

These seasonal flights, which wind down from April 26 2015 before being revived in October, compete with Air New Zealand's daily Perth-Auckland flights on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Air New Zealand passengers can also utilise the Qantas international lounge in Perth through arrangements with Qantas, and the Air New Zealand Koru lounge in Auckland.

Also read: Qantas boosts A380 flights to Hong Kong, Dallas

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

16 May 2014

Total posts 99

They are obviously making money... surprise. 

Wonder if they will end up handballing it to Emirates for a tack on flight.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

EK is coming to PER with its A380 in May, I won't be surprised if they also start an A380 between Dubai-Perth-Auckland, they did the same to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Wonder which seat layout this will be?

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09 Feb 2015

Total posts 300

It's crazy how Air NZ can be daily but QF can only manage 1-2 flights a week for 4 months of the year!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 320

My seniments exactly. On a smaller capacity aircraft too!

12 Feb 2014

Total posts 229

Heaps of Kiwis in Perth. Hazard a guess that a lot of the ANZ loadings would be FIFOs. Jetstar could probably make this work as a daily with one of their 787-8s. Downturn in mining though is biting deep. Be intreresting to see if either of these services survives as is.

04 Mar 2015

Total posts 17

Jetstar couldn't compete against Air NZ on the Adelaide and Cairns flights to Auckland, and as soon as Air NZ announced a return to Singapore, Jetstar pulled out.
Air NZ obviously have the best product and price for the market.

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21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

And its all covered by the NZ Govenment in terms of the near-monoply AirNZ have in NZ.

04 Mar 2015

Total posts 17

NZ is a small market.  There have been other operators (Ansett NZ, Qantas NZ, Origin Pacific) who have failed.
Jetstar flew more domestic routes in NZ, but again couldn't compete and withdrew.

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10 Jan 2013

Total posts 715

If it's all refurbished A330-300s by then (or would they put on an A330-200 for this? I wouldn't think so) it could be a fairly nice jaunt in J, especially if not priced not too high.

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26 May 2014

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Given the QF 111 departs PER on a Friday night it is probably an A330-200 that isn't needed on the PER domestic routes on the weekend.

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21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

This could be a small step towards Perthtization, they will experiment with PER-AKL and then maybe (I hope) move onto Singapore or somewhere.

I know they won't do Perth-Dubai, reason is pretty obvious (EK A380) but I hope Perth gets some Asian routes, Perth QF PAX surely deserve it back.

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