Qantas will run an extra 21 return flights across the Tasman in December and January to cater for strong demand over the peak Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Between December 17 and 27, an extra five return flights will run between Sydney and Auckland (QF180/189), with three additional round-trips between Sydney and Christchurch (QF136/137).
Melbourne sees two extra return flights to Auckland during the same period (QF157/158), while Brisbane picks up a single Auckland return trip on December 20 (QF119/120).
Two existing Sydney-Auckland flights will also be upgraded from a Boeing 737-800 to a larger Airbus A330 aircraft on December 20 and 26 (QF143/146), while all of the additional services in December will be operated by the single-aisle Boeing 737-800.
Also served by the Boeing 737 in December are a further three flights between Melbourne and Wellington (QF173/QF174), an extra return service between Sydney and Wellington (QF159/160), and six additional flights In January between Sydney and Auckland – five under the QF180/189 flight numbers, and the sixth as QF146/149.
The moves comes after the Red Roo is set to slash up to 15 trans-Tasman flights from October between Auckland and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with up to half of those flights being handed over to low-cost offshoot Jetstar.
Seasonal Airbus A330 flights from Perth to Auckland will also run from December 5 2014 through to April 26 2015.
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