Qantas Boeing 787 to fly Sydney-Auckland

Qantas Boeing 787 to fly Sydney-Auckland

Trans-Tasman travellers will be treated to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on selected Sydney-Auckland flights across the peak summer season when Qantas sends its red-tailed Dreamliner across the pond.

The Dreamliner dates are 4 December 2019 to 28 March 2020.

The flight to look for from Sydney to Auckland is QF141, which departs Sydney at 7.10am to arrive into Auckland at 12.15pm; the return leg is QF144, which is wheels-up from Auckland at 1.15pm and reaches Sydney at 2.55pm.

Interestingly, Qantas will be selling premium economy on those flights – an initial sale fare pegs those better-than-economy seats at $299 each way – while passengers will also be able to use their frequent flyer points to upgrade from economy.

On routes which typically don't see premium economy – and this includes all Qantas flights to and from New Zealand – the occasional appearance of premium economy due to a different aircraft being flown is usually handled by allowing top-tier frequent flyers booked into economy to pre-select a seat in the premium economy cabin.

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.


  • buckburn


    19 Jun, 2019 10:50 am

    What a great deal. Just brought one. QF should keep this all year around. I used to fly NZ prem Y as I don't think business is worth the price tag.
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  • Dave


    19 Jun, 2019 11:20 am

    That is a seriously premium heavy plane to send across the ditch
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  • fadz


    19 Jun, 2019 11:42 am

    Would imagine the 4 new planes expected are being delivered at this time and may not have enough to start their new routes. Send the plane over to prevent it sitting around Sydney for the day before sending it overnight somewhere.
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  • GregXL


    19 Jun, 2019 11:47 am

    This also shows the start of SYD based 787s. Guessing these will move to SYD-SFO.
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  • fadz


    19 Jun, 2019 11:57 am

    Flight to San Fran leaves at 17.40 so would assume the frame would be used for this leg next
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  • Paul Coniglio


    19 Jun, 2019 01:11 pm

    A 7:10am Dept from Sydney! What about Melbourne?
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  • Dave


    19 Jun, 2019 01:16 pm

    What about Perth. What about Adelaide. What about Wagga Wagga.
    There is always one...
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  • markpk


    19 Jun, 2019 07:04 pm

    No one ever thinks about Wagga Wagga.

    Toowoomba gets flights to/from Sydney - why can't Wagga Wagga have flights to Auckland?
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  • P1


    21 Jun, 2019 04:16 pm

    Bring back the Emirates A380 :)
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  • Mark Bringans


    19 Jun, 2019 07:14 pm

    Believe me you want to be arriving in Auckland around that time -- anytime after 3pm like Melbourne the traffic is brutal -- where's the train ….
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  • pika


    19 Jun, 2019 01:24 pm

    I don't like the idea of a Dreamliner. I don't trust it. There were the fire troubles that led to its grounding a few years ago. Huge banks of lithium batteries under the floor. The plastic composite airframe. Plus, the squishiest seats in the sky, with the narrowest width.
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  • Decatur


    19 Jun, 2019 04:12 pm

    I've flown 12 hour flights in economy on a Dreamliner. I survived. Composite worries? Then don't fly any new aircraft including the A350. You might have to swim everywhere within a few years.
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  • pika


    19 Jun, 2019 05:16 pm

    But the Dreamliner is made of baked barrels. What sort of aircraft has built in fireplaces to contain lithium fires? And even the fire extinguishers on its engines often don't work properly.
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    21 Jun, 2019 04:36 pm

    Sorry, but what is a "baked barrel" please?
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  • pika


    21 Jun, 2019 04:48 pm

    It's different to baked beans. The 787 is made with giant composite plastic barrels, or cylinders. They have to be baked in massive kilns as single-piece cylinders. It makes it harder to find cracks or faults, and even more difficult to repair them.

    The other main composite-plastic airliner, the Airbus A350XWB uses smaller composite panels that can be replaced if needed.
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  • aniljak


    20 Jun, 2019 06:06 am

    Where is this spare 787 coming from? Thought they were all used on long distance flights.
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  • Himeno


    20 Jun, 2019 04:13 pm

    They currently have 8. 4 are used for LHR-PER-MEL-US and return.
    The other 4 are used for BNE-LAX (10 weekly), LAX-JFK (daily) and and BNE/SYD-HKG (8 weekly).

    6 more have been ordered. These are due to start arriving around Oct/Nov. They should have at least 2 in service by the start of December which allows SYD-SFO to become 787.

    The dates listed for these SYD-AKL 787 flights cover the period when they should have half of the new batch, but not ready to start the new BNE-SFO/ORD routes.

    In short, this would be operated by the 11th Qantas 787-9 between delivery and being sent to the new BNE routes in April.
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  • Dan


    22 Jun, 2019 01:07 pm

    The BNE-ORD/SFO routes are being worked with their existing 4x BNE-based 789s. It won't be dependant on any of the new 6 789s which are SYD based.

    The x3 weekly QF55/56 BNE-LAX terminators will be axed, and the BNE/SYD-HKG flights will be replaced by A330 to accomodate the BNE-ORD/SFO flying within the x4 BNE based 789s.
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  • jason.ng174


    24 Jun, 2019 09:25 am

    I believe this is coming from SYD-HKG (QF127/128) as that is going to an A380 over the peak Christmas period, which has been customary for at least the last few years
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  • Sanjay Prakash


    20 Jun, 2019 03:39 pm

    Good use of aircraft time. Makes more money in the air than sitting on the ground. Will come in from SFO and then head across to AKL and back to SYD before going back to SFO.
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  • sydney001


    21 Jun, 2019 06:00 pm

    Don't worry..let's use the star trek enterprise composites so no one will be scared to fly...geeezzzzz!
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  • Ric OSHEA


    21 Jun, 2019 06:04 pm

    I'm flying BNE/PER on QF589 on September 20th. The aircraft is listed as a 787/9. As usual I bought flexible economy and requested an upgrade to business class. As a Gold FF this is usually done immediately but this time I'm in the queue. I wonder why? Anyway it's interesting to see the Dreamliner heading west from Brissie as opposed to east.
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  • Brandon Loo

    Brandon Loo

    21 Jun, 2019 06:40 pm

    If there is no business reward seat availability for that flight, then the upgrade won't be immediate.

    If a business reward seat later becomes available, you can call to upgrade immediately as it won't happen automatically.
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  • Steve Wilson


    21 Jun, 2019 07:13 pm

    Carbon Fibre composites have been used on all modern aircraft for a number of years now. Boeing and Airbus use this in the manufacture of flight control surfaces, panels, doors and fairings. It is now used in the fuselage of the 787 and A350 as it is a strong and rigid material that doesn't suffer the corrosion and fatigue issues that Alclad does.
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  • Phil O'Paistree

    Phil O'Paistree

    23 Jun, 2019 06:29 am

    Modern Formula One race cars are also (and more so) largely constructed from carbon fibre composite. They have a crash record which would be totally unacceptable in commercial aviation. On the other hand, man-hole access covers are mostly manufactured from cast iron. They have an exemplary integrity record. Go figure.
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16 Jul, 2019 02:46 pm


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