Australian Domestic Market Heats Up with Qantas Coast to Coast A330 Services

A Qantas A330 passes overhead.
Robert Frola (GFDL or GFDL), via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Australian flag carrier Qantas rebounds with an upgraded capacity within its home territories. Whether it’s the ever-popular Sydney-Melbourne run or a longer interstate flight, this is the time to take advantage of its best business class configuration.

Clearly, its domestic numbers are rebounding and are still going on a positive trajectory, with interstate and intercity travelling resuming in full swing.

This means that frequent fliers and city-hoppers can once again enjoy Qantas’ international product on flights as short as the Sydney-Melbourne commute, or the longer Perth to Eastern coast run.

A Great Opportunity

Here passengers can spend the same amount but will receive the greatest return on their money. It is also wise for passengers to upgrade to Qantas business class without wasting one’s cash or mileage. 

This is a great opportunity as most domestic flights operated by Qantas are on the narrowbody single-aisle workhorse – the Boeing 737 – with 80 of them operating within Australia, and occasionally between Australia and Indonesia.

It wasn’t that far-fetched that the Australian flag carrier would upgrade its capacity to the A330 on short city hoppers and on the longer Perth run. 

More good news – from late March of next year, the airline will deploy its A330 on close to 50% of the routes of Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth. The Australian flag carrier has 28 Airbus A330s.

18 of these are the shorter -200 variant, and the rest are the longer -300 variant. Qantas has allocated up to more than 10 of the A330s to fly in the ramped-up domestic routes, with the same business class equipped on international flights. 

The superior A330 seat – Great for business travellers and introverts 

It is a no-brainer that one would opt for the superior A330’s business class seat. It’s got wider and larger leg space, and a more ergonomic design language to the recliner seats, which could also be configured to a lie-flat seat should need be.

Forget about rubbing shoulder to shoulder with your neighbours, and say goodbye to your seatmate striking up an awkward conversation with you. The A330 business class seat is well designed with privacy being in the constant mind.

With privacy being strongly upheld, this is very good for business people as one would not see the content shown on their oversized smartphones and their laptops. 

The A330s are also equipped with WiFi, which is essential for business travellers not all travellers these days, including Gen Z’s on their overpriced smartphones. This makes the Qantas A330 an attractive product for all demographics. 

Qantas #1 

Qantas in fact is the best airline in domestic Australia. This is because its largest rival Virgin Australia has axed its A330 along with its flagship Boeing 777, which was obviously far superior to the Boeing 737. This makes Qantas the best domestic business class seat by far. 

News of the bolstering of domestic route services comes hot on heels of the airline’s announcement that it will be cancelling all outstanding flight credits by the end of 2023.

These credits were handed out to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic and will thus need to be redeemed before the end of the coming year.

How long will the A330s be deployed? 

We already have an answer (sort of), as we know the airline will deploy its A330 beyond March 2030. But as China opens up, will the airline have enough wide-body planes to fulfil international demand?

Kudos to Qantas for having the best domestic business product in the Land Downunder, at least for now. 

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