- Dec 6, 2004
Interesting point later in this report says that Japan is Qantas's third worst performing international route in terms of loads, after Indonesia and New Caledonia.smh.com.au said:Qantas rejigs flights to Tokyo
July 22, 2006
QANTAS has announced a major rejig of its services to Japan, in an attempt to reverse its declining passenger loads and mounting losses on the route.
Faced with an ongoing decline in passenger numbers from Japan, Qantas will increase flights from Sydney to Tokyo this October but scale back direct flights from Melbourne to Tokyo. The changes will result in the net loss of 349 seats a week.
The rearrangement will see Qantas increase the number of flights from Sydney to Tokyo from seven to 11 a week. But it will cut back its daily Melbourne to Tokyo service to three direct flights a week, with the fourth weekly service flying through Sydney.
The reduction in seats is largely a result of Qantas replacing an ageing 450-seat Boeing 747-300 on the Sydney route with its 307-seat Airbus A330-300s.
Qantas declined to say on which route the 747-300 would be redeployed or if the aircraft would be retired.
The changes will see the belated introduction of Qantas business class SkyBeds on the Tokyo route, three years after they were first introduced on other services.
The changes will precede the launch of Jetstar services to Osaka in late November.