Date Posted: 14/11/2018
Qantas announced that they will be operating a new direct service between Adelaide and Uluru that will commence on the 3rd April 2019. The flight will be operated by the airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Offering guests on board in-flight entertainment via Q Streaming or directly to the seat back screen, as well as offering free high speed WiFi thought the flight*.
Each Boeing 737-800 aircraft is configured into a two class cabin configuration, with 12 seats in Business Class at the front of the plane in a 2-2 layout. Economy Class follows behind offering 162 seats, in a 3-3 layout. The flight will operate two times each week, allowing for 696 revenue seats each week.
Currently Qantas operate a return daily service to Alice Springs (QF723/QF722), but the new direct flight will cut travel times by around three hours and will save passengers travelling via Sydney to connect onto the Ayers Rock flight or fly to Alice Springs and then fly onto Ayers Rock.
Over the last few years Qantas have added various new routes and increased traffic between Sydney and Brisbane bound routes and Uluru (Ayers Rock).
These new flights from Adelaide to Uluru (Ayers Rock) will be available to book from Wednesday 14th November 2018. To celebrate this new route Qantas will be offering passengers special launch fares starting at $299 one way, these launch fares will be on sale until 21 November 2018.
“Uluru is in more demand from international and interstate tourists than we [Qantas} have seen in a long time. As the national carrier, we’re proud to promote the Territory to travellers from around the world and in out own backyard, which is so vital to the local economy”Andrew David, Qantas’ Chief Executive Officer for Qantas Domestic.
So where are Qantas getting the aircraft to operate this service? Unfortunately for Perth residents the current daily service between Alice Springs and Perth will be reduced to just two flights per week. Qantas are also removing all flights between Cairns and Alice Springs, with the airline suggesting that passengers can connect on to Alice Springs from Ayers Rock.
In addition to the direct Adelaide to Ayers Rock service, Qantas also announced that they will launch a similar route from Darwin to Ayers Rock.
In a recent article by the Alice Springs News they recalled a statement from Lauren Moss the Minister for Tourism and Culture in the Northern Territory saying that “Research by the Department of Tourism and Culture earlier this year showed that 68% of travellers from Asia would consider taking a direct flight between Darwin and Uluru. 49% of interstate and international visitors to Uluru also spend at least one night in Alice Springs, so more flights into Uluru is good news for the whole of Central Australia”.
*On selected flights only.
Flights are subject to availability and selected travel dates may apply to special launch fares.