Qantas Group announced (25-Aug-2010) plans to increase capacity across its domestic route network by 9.6%, including a number of new routes for both Qantas and Jetstar. CEO, Alan Joyce, said over the next nine months the Group would increase capacity by more than 66,000 seats per week once fully implemented, with the addition of new aircraft to the domestic fleet and in response to the recovering domestic market. Qantas plans to deploy seven additional aircraft on its domestic route network this financial year, including an A330-300 from Jan-2011 and a further five B737-800s, to be progressively added from Mar-2011. A new B767-300 was deployed on Sydney-Perth service in Jul-2010. Qantas will commence direct Brisbane-Broome services next year. The new services will be seasonal, operating from April-October, to coincide with the Broome dry season. Jetstar also plans to increase domestic capacity by up to 30% this financial year with new routes and frequencies to key leisure destinations. [more]
Qantas: “We are seeing improved demand domestically and the introduction of these additional services and aircraft will see the Qantas Group well placed to meet this demand. The changes will see around 65 additional return services for Qantas and around 120 return services for Jetstar introduced across selected routes...These aircraft will be deployed on a variety of growth markets, including the east coast, east – west and intra WA markets,” Alan Joyce, CEO. Source: Qantas, 25-Aug-2010.