EXCLUSIVE: QANTAS is to set significantly increase its capacity on daily services between Sydney and Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar). The carrier will upgrade the aircraft type from a Boeing 737-800 to an Airbus A330-200 effective 17 December 2018. The A330 operated flights will run until 29 January 2019, which will cover a traditionally busy period which includes the Australian school holidays.
The use of the A330s will be welcome news for Business Class passengers, not only in terms of offering more than double the amount of seats; more importantly the product offering will be of a true international Business Class standard compared to what is essentially a domestic business product offered on the 737s. Business Class will increase from the present 12 to between 27 to 28 seats on the A330-200 which offers the carrier’s new Business Class Suites on all aircraft bar two examples which still feature the original SkyBed product. In Economy Class capacity will increase from 162 seats to a maximum 243 seats, once again depending on the configuration.
Deploying A330s will furthermore place QANTAS on more competitive platform in terms of offering a similar product matching what is offered by Garuda’s year-round daily A330 service between Sydney and Bali. Virgin Australia also operates daily flights however it uses Boeing 737s with a standard domestic style Business Class.
The Bali market for QANTAS has seen significant growth. Services were resumed by the carrier in December 2015, initially on a seasonal basis, however this was changed to year-round service in December 2016. In June 2018, the airline also commenced daily Boeing 737 flights from Melbourne to Bali. The QANTAS flights complement the Jetstar Boeing 787 and Airbus A320 services to Bali which operate from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Flights are available for sale now through the various sales channels.
A330 QANTAS Bali flight schedules 17 December 2018 to 29 January 2019
Sydney – Denpasar – flight QF43 – departs 16:55 arrives 20:10
Denpasar – Sydney – flight QF44 – departs 21:30 arrives 06:30 next day
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