Date Posted 20/06/2019
For the first time ever, Qantas has announced that they will be deploying their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on selected routes to Auckland at the end of this year.
This will become the airlines shortest international route operated by the Dreamliner, making for a great opportunity to allow passengers to try out this new, next generation aircraft. Not only will be it be the Dreamliner’s first flight to Auckland, it will also be the first that premium economy has been offered across the Tasman on Qantas. Competing head on with Air New Zealand and their long-haul aircraft between Sydney and Auckland.
From 4 December 2019 until 28 March 2020, one of the five daily flights from Sydney to Auckland will be replaced by the Qantas Dreamliner.
Customers will be rewarded with new cabin layout, a whole new premium economy cabin and next generation business class seats.
Flight QF141 will depart in the morning at 0740hrs (7:40am AEDT), making it the perfect option for business travellers. The flight arrives into Auckland International Airport at 1250hrs (12:50pm NZDT).
The same aircraft will return back to Sydney later that day, departing Auckland at 1410hrs (2:10pm NZDT) and touching down in Sydney at 1545hrs (3:45pm AEDT). It will operate with the flight number QF144.
Flight times are listed as being just over three hours, but like all flights it’s all governed on the weather conditions on each particular day. The Dreamliner will replace the usually scheduled Boeing 737-800 flights that would otherwise operate on these flights.
“The 787 will also offer customers the option to experience our latest Premium Economy cabin and the opportunity for Frequent Flyers to upgrade using Qantas Points.”Acting Qantas International Chief Executive Naren Kumar.
Qantas has released special fares for passengers travelling in Premium Economy for as low as $299 one way on selected Dreamliner flights.
By offering Premium Economy across the Tasman it allows Qantas to compete head on with Air New Zealand and capture a market that they couldn’t before. With the current special fares on offer by Qantas you can save over $400 if you choose to travel in Premium Economy if you choose the Red Roo.^
These flights provide an opportunity for Qantas to showcase the 787-9 across the Tasman, before more Dreamliner’s arrive and begin operating long haul routes in 2020. The long-haul routes they will operate will most likely be the recently announced Brisbane- Chicago and Brisbane- San Francisco flights that will be in in operation by April 2020.
“The Dreamliner has been incredibly popular so we’re pleased to give our customers travelling between Sydney and Auckland the opportunity to experience it.”Acting Qantas International Chief Executive Naren Kumar.
Flights on the Dreamliner, along with the discounted Premium Economy fare are now available to book online via Qantas.com or from your local travel agent.
DISCLAIMER: Details are correct at time of posting this article, departure times may change without notice from the airline and those changes may not be reflected on here. This information should only be used as a guide. For up to date departure information and pricing please check with the operating airline.
^Money saved is calculated on flights departures are around the same time, this figure is only to be used as a guide and total savings may not be as much as mentioned above. Like all flights and launch fares they available in limited numbers on each sector.