Qantas is launching a new schedule for flights between Australia and New Zealand to better align the flights with its partner Emirates. The airline will also launch twice-weekly seasonal flights between Auckland, New Zealand and the Western Australian city of Perth from December 6.
Under the new schedule, Qantas is changing its existing Christchurch to Sydney flight to a morning departure (7:30 am from Christchurch) to allow for more international connections from Sydney.
With the new departure time, vacationers in New Zealand’s South Island will not have to fly to Auckland to connect with their international flights On Qantas from Sydney. The new schedule also complements the existing Emirates’ Christchurch to Sydney flight by providing double daily service – at both ends of the day.
Qantas’ flights between Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to Australia will be adjusted to increase the number of onward connections to its Australian domestic network, Asia, the United States, the UK and Europe, and reduce the overlap of Qantas and Emirates flights.
The schedule is being progressively loaded for travel after October 27, 2013.
The new Auckland to Perth flights, using Airbus A330 aircraft, will operate during the holiday season from December 6, 2013 to February 1, 2014. The aircraft will be internationally configured with fully-flat Skybeds in Business class.
The new Qantas-Emirates joint network schedule offers around 130 flights per week from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown to Australia connecting to a joint network covering more than 175 destinations in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, the UK and Europe.