Qantas will wind back its transcontinental Airbus A330 flights from October in order to roster more of the big birds onto the busy east coast 'triangle' route and support 'international network changes'.
The Melbourne-Perth flight QF773 (departing 5.05pm) and Perth-Melbourne QF802 service (departing 10.55am) will be axed from October 25, 2015.
To fill out the gap in its transcon timetable, Qantas will shuffle the departure times of flights either side of QF773 and QF802.
On the Melbourne-Perth leg QF777 will change from a 3pm wheels-up to 3.35pm, while QF481 will leave at 5.45pm instead of 6.50pm.
For Perth-Melbourne, QF762 will be pushed back to an 8am departure and QF772 to 10.05am; QF476 will leave slightly earlier at 12.55pm, with QF768 departing at 3pm instead of 4.45pm.
Sydney-Perth Airbus A330 downgrades
Two flights between Sydney and Perth will also be downgraded from an Airbus A330 to the smaller Boeing 737 as of October 25.
These will be Sydney-Perth's QF569, which departs at 4.30pm; and the Perth-Sydney QF576 7.05am service.
More A330s for Brisbane-Sydney
What's a loss for east-west flyers turns into a win if you're shuttling between Sydney and Brisbane, with ten weekly roundtrips boosted from Boeing 737 to the Airbus A330.
On the Sydney-Brisbane leg those are QF512 (weekdays), QF500 and QF520 (Thursday and Friday), and QF536 (Thursday).
For Brisbane to Sydney: QF503 (weekdays), QF529 (Thursday and Friday), QF509 and QF549 (Thursday) and QF507 (Friday).
Qantas has also flagged 'international network changes' involving the A330 but is keeping its powder dry on what those changes may be.
Meanwhile, Qantas' upgrade of its domestic Airbus A330-200 fleet to fit the new Business Suite business class seat (below) continues apace with five of the refurb'd birds already flying (in addition to five international A330-300s) and two more slated for September.
Almost half of Qantas' east-west A330 flights now feature the reconfigured A330, including all weeknight overnight services from Perth to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The make-over of Qantas' entire A330 fleet is due for completion by the end of 2016.
AusBT review: Qantas Airbus A330 Business Suite
Next month's launch of Virgin Australia's competing next-generation A330 business class (below) will raise the stakes in the transcontinental turf war as both airlines fight for the lucrative east-west corporate travel market.
Delays to the seat's approval by Australian aviation safety regulator CASA saw Virgin push back the debut of its new A330 business class, but the airline now expects to have all six of its A330s upgraded by the end of October.
During the 12-week refit period from August to October, Virgin will also roster smaller Boeing 737 jets to replace the twin-aisle A330s on selected Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth flights.
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