Qantas adds Melbourne-Jakarta direct service

A Qantas A330 climbs after takeoff.
Jordan Vuong from Perth, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Australian flag carrier Qantas has launched a new direct flight to Indonesia, as business and holiday travel demand from Melbourne continues to increase.

Travellers from Victoria will now have access to another international route out of Melbourne with the national carrier today launching new flights direct to Jakarta.

Melbourne international route expansion

The year-round flights will operate three days per week with an Airbus A330 aircraft and add to Qantas’ existing flights to Jakarta from Sydney.

Together, these flights offer customers almost 300,000 seats between Australia and Jakarta annually and the choice of ten flights per week, more than any other airline.

The new service is the fourth international route to be added to the Qantas map out of Melbourne since borders reopened and follows the launch of flights to Delhi and Dallas Fort Worth.

Qantas also resumed flights from Melbourne to Tokyo last month, operating for the first time to Haneda Airport. The move to the alternative Tokyo airport means a time saving for passengers into Tokyo.

The service saves two hours travel to and from downtown Tokyo compared with Narita Airport, where the flight was originally operating into before the pandemic.

The route is also expected to be popular with travellers connecting to and from other major Indonesian cities such as Surabaya and Medan.

Increased business demand

Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new route to Jakarta would support growing business and government links between Australia and Indonesia.

“We continue to see really strong demand for travel to and from Melbourne, so we’re pleased to be expanding our international network with another new route of out Victoria,” said Mr David.

“Jakarta is becoming an increasingly important destination for our corporate travellers. These direct flights offer more choice and make it even easier for them to do business with one of Australia’s closest neighbours.

“The route is also a great opportunity for more Indonesians to explore the best of Victoria or visit family and friends, with the flights launching in time for the Lebaran holiday period.

“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport for their support on the launch of this new route.”

The Qantas Group operates up to 106 return flights per week from Australia to Indonesia, including Qantas and Jetstar flights from Melbourne to Bali.

Recent service upgrades

Qantas recently announced a multi-million dollar investment in new menus, larger meals and premium produce across all cabins in its regional, domestic and international network.

The new menu changes started to roll out last month and feature seasonal ingredients, including plant-based options, coinciding with Autumn.

Passengers on the new direct Jakarta service will be able to take advantage of this recent inflight service upgrade by the airline.

Grilled snapper with red chilli sambal, stir fried kai lan and steamed jasmine rice, and a beef goulash with capsicum, buttered green beans, roasted potatoes and black pepper sour cream are some of the menu items which feature on Qantas’ Melbourne-Jakarta flights.

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