QANTAS expands its international capacity with more Airbus A380 flights

QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955608.

QANTAS Airways has announced another increase to its international capacity ahead of additional aircraft returning to its fleet.

Destinations with more capacity announced include New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Bali.

The Qantas Group is currently at around 80 percent of its pre-COVID international capacity levels, which has almost doubled in the past year. This is expected to reach 100 percent by March 2024, with this additional flying taking it beyond that level from July 2024 onwards.

Qantas has received three long-awaited Boeing 787s in recent months and is gradually able to return more of its Airbus A380s to service as they complete post-storage maintenance, which is enabling flying levels to steadily increase to meet strong travel demand.


The national carrier is publishing more than 250,000 additional seats* to and from Australia that includes:

Sydney-Bali – larger Airbus A330 aircraft will replace daily Boeing 737 flights from October this year with more premium seats and fully-flat beds in Business Class.

Sydney-Auckland-New York – following the successful launch of the new route in June this year, flights will increase from four per week to daily from August 2024.

Sydney-Johannesburg – for the first time Qantas A380s will operate to South Africa from July 2024, nearly doubling capacity during peak periods.

Melbourne-Los Angeles – capacity will increase by around 20 percent with more A380 flights on the route from July 2024.

Sydney-Los Angeles – flights will increase from eight to nine per week from July 2024, operated with a mix of 787 and A380 aircraft.

Tickets will be available to purchase from Tuesday at and through travel agents.


This announcement follows the previously-announced one million seats being added to the airline’s network over the next year with new routes, larger aircraft and more flights to popular destinations.

The previously announced routes commencing in the coming months include:

Sydney-Shanghai resuming in late October, operating for the first time in more than three years.

Brisbane-Honiara and Brisbane-Wellington launching in late October.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955608.

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