Until recently, Qantas’ daily flights between Melbourne, Sydney and Denpasar were served exclusively by smaller Boeing 737s. But over the busy summer period, Qantas has been using Airbus A330s on its Sydney-Denpasar flights. This route will revert to a Boeing 737 service next week, but luckily, this is only temporary. Qantas will restore Airbus A330 service on the route from 31 March until 26 October 2019. It is not yet clear whether A330 service will continue beyond October.
This is excellent news for flyers, especially Qantas Business Class passengers. The Airbus A330s that Qantas plans to fly from Sydney to Bali from March are fitted with 28 lie-flat Business Suites – a vast upgrade over the 12 Business recliner seats found on the Boeing 737. It also means that more seats are available for upgrades, and there is greater award availability.
From 31 March, Qantas will be using an Airbus A330-200 on the daily flight – except on Fridays, when the slightly larger A330-300 will be jetting off to Bali.
Boeing 737s will continue to operate Qantas’ daily Melbourne-Denpasar flight. Qantas’ other flight to Indonesia, Sydney-Jakarta, is an Airbus A330 route.
Garuda Indonesia, Virgin Australia and Jetstar also fly the Sydney-Bali route. Garuda flies A330s with lie-flat seats in Business Class. Jetstar and Virgin, however, offer only recliner seats in Business. This is quite a downgrade for passengers in the pointy end, especially for the overnight return flight back to Sydney.
In other news, Qantas is also retaining wide-body A330 service on its Perth-Singapore route beyond the end of March.
Meanwhile, Qantas has also just announced new 4x weekly flights from Sydney to Nadi in Fiji from 31 March 2019. The Qantas Boeing 737 flights to Fiji will supplement services between Australia and Nadi offered by partner Fiji Airways.
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