Here is Qantas' new trans-Tasman flight schedule to Auckland

Here is Qantas' new trans-Tasman flight schedule to Auckland

Qantas is rejigging its trans-Tasman timetable for flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, following the decision by partner Emirates to pull the plug on all Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Auckland from March 25, 2018.

Read: Emirates axes more trans-Tasman flights as Qantas takes over

To fill the gap left by the 489-seat superjumbos, Qantas is adding extra Melbourne-Auckland and Brisbane-Auckland flights, while some flight on both routes will be upgraded from a Boeing 737 to the larger and more comfortable Airbus A330.

Qantas is also tweaking the timing of its Auckland flights across the board to make for better connections to its new Boeing 787 non-stop Perth-London service as well as the return of the Sydney-Singapore-London Airbus A380 flight.

It's a lot to get across, so here's the full set of changes from the now to the new:

We're still waiting for word on exactly when in March 2018 the new schedule starts – one would suspect it's the same March 25 date which seens Emirates scuppering the Australia-Auckland superjumbos – but these highlighted changes will make it easier for travellers to choose flights boasting the Airbus A330, with its superior business class, over the Boeing 737s.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • kiwiwings


    11 Oct, 2017 08:07 pm

    What I'm afraid of is subs from the A330 to the 737. You knew that was never going to happen with EK to AKL. I am happy to see Brisbane receive an A330 though.
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  • Stefan

    Too Technical

    11 Oct, 2017 08:24 pm

    It says "Qantas is tweaking the timing of its Auckland flights across the board to make for better connections to its new Boeing 787 non-stop Perth-London service" Does this mean a two stop London service but with better times, or are they thinking of starting a route from PER - AKL?
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  • henrus


    11 Oct, 2017 09:05 pm

    For now It just means a two stop service with better times. Qantas currently operate a PER-AKL seasonal service and there's a good chance it'll be re-timed in Dec 2018/Jan 2019 to better connect with the PER-LHR.

    My main Question is where/what happens to the A330 after it operates an Brisbane - Auckland - Brisbane run.

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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    11 Oct, 2017 09:22 pm

    The QF767 departs BNE for PER at 2020.......

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  • aturnbull


    12 Oct, 2017 02:43 am

    And then the return red eye will get into BNE with enough time to operate through to AKL. Looks like the 330 will rotate through the SYD service.

    The seasonal per to akl flights match perfectly with the lhr flight outbound

    Akl 1400 per 1730/ 1850 dep to lhr

    Lhr arrival 1300 so 6hr wait until 1900. But ek421 arrives at 1730 connecting well with the flight.

    Once EK confirms their new AU schedule we will have a better picture.

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  • silvyvc


    12 Oct, 2017 09:05 am

    Well certainly that does not make up for the A380... even worse, how are passengers going to deal with the horrendous QF lounge? That definitely needs a BIG renovation!
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  • David Flynn


    12 Oct, 2017 09:46 am

    And that's coming... let's just hope it's soon, real soon!
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  • GregXL


    12 Oct, 2017 09:58 am

    Looks like about 6 new A330 services. Does each one of these equate to a 737 substitution on Perth flights?
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  • eminere


    12 Oct, 2017 01:14 pm

    Not good news for frequent coast-to-coast travellers if that's true...
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  • bodez


    12 Oct, 2017 04:22 pm

    Where are all the extra 737s coming from then? Are these freed up birds from the extra 717 flying or JQ increases?
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  • GregXL


    13 Oct, 2017 09:51 am

    I see lots more A330s, not 737s. What ever other changes are made that is a lot of seats coming off domestic flying.
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  • AlexTravAddict


    12 Oct, 2017 06:41 pm

    Good news for people flying from Melbourne to South America. The 10.45AM MEL-AKL departure syncs well with LATAMs AKL-SCL flight (which is my view is preferable to LATAMs new MEL-SCL direct flight which has terrible early morning arrivals for many flights beyond Santiago (eg a 1AM arrival time into Sao Paulo). So you can now leave Melbourne at 10.45AM and arrive into SP at 20:30PM. The timing is perfect and it means you avoid a transfer in Sydney and Qantas’ very dated 747s. Auckland and Santiago are also two of the easiest airports in the world to transfer through.

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  • highflyer


    12 Oct, 2017 07:01 pm

    Where did all these additional A330s come from? Will they get pulled from Coast to coast flights? I thought they were being deployed across asia...?
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  • Morgan Judd


    12 Oct, 2017 08:15 pm

    You are getting mixed up with Virgin, highflyer
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  • Morgan Judd


    12 Oct, 2017 08:18 pm

    Surely, once the perth - london flight starts, surely Qantas will consider more regular Akl - Per direct flights, not just seasonal
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  • Ivan Gilmore

    Ivan Gilmore

    13 Oct, 2017 03:58 pm

    Looks like Qantas are going to persist with the 'crappy old' 737s operated by 'Jet Connect' that has a NZ manned cabin crews and very basic to poor J Class food and service.
    Come on Qantas if you are unable to provide more acceptable flight times using the Airbus 330s then there is in fact other carriers flying across the Tasman.
    It is sad to see EK terminate Bris/AKL/Bris in March.
    As a Platinum with QF I am as a number of others are still able use other carriers and still maintain our respective status.
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  • cavemanzk


    14 Oct, 2017 06:20 am

    Yet with BNE and MEL they are missing the morning peak with the 332 e.g. NZ runs an 77W to BNE/MEL every day around 9am.

    NZ has seemed to increase AKL-SYD since EK dropped with now an mix of 4x 777/787s daily plus an couple of 320s in the off-peak.

    Do think that Qantas has missed the boat with PE on the Tasman ex-AKL, every NZ flight I've been on in PE has been packed recently. Although the hard product is to the same level as Qf 738s J.
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  • Mike Price


    15 Oct, 2017 10:10 pm

    It's a shame QF156 has moved to an earlier time. This now means I cannot connect with CV719 out of WAG which lands at 17:45.
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  • AlexTravAddict


    16 Dec, 2017 02:13 pm

    Does anyone know if the plans to change QF152 from 7.15AM to 6.00AM were scrapped? I'm looking at flights in May 2018 and the departure time is 7.10AM. This would be great news if connecting from LATAMs Santiago to Auckland service as the 6:00AM departure was too early.
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