Qantas has announced it has replaced its Boeing
747-300 aircraft on the Perth-Melbourne route with brand new Airbus A330-200 aircraft with immediate effect.Qantas Regional General Manager Western Australia, Mr Ian Gay, said 13 out
of 48 weekly return Perth-Melbourne services would be operated by the new
aircraft. A further 10 return services each week would be upgraded from
B737-400 to B767-300 aircraft.
“We will be closely monitoring demand for services over the coming months,
with the intention of increasing frequencies on the route late this year.”
Mr Gay also said schedule adjustments would enable the airline to offer a
6:40pm Melbourne-Perth service six days a week from today. This service
previously departed at 7:40pm, and the new time will offer Perth business
travellers an earlier departure from Melbourne.
Qantas will also gradually retire its older B747-300 aircraft from the
Perth-Sydney route from September this year and replace them with Airbus
Qantas recently added extra services from Perth to the mining destinations
of Newman and Port Hedland and upgraded services between Perth and
Kalgoorlie and Karratha to larger aircraft.