Qantas Airways (QAN) will increase the frequency on a number of its international routes, as the national carrier pushes forward with its push to turn around its global operations.
Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce told an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia luncheon in Melbourne the airline would facilitate the changes through schedule optimisation and ongoing transformation efforts within the its international division.
"We’re able to make these changes by simply using our existing assets better," Mr Joyce said.
Qantas will start a new route between Perth and Auckland, offered on a seasonal basis between early December and the end of January, as well as upgrading one return Sydney-Hong Kong service to an Airbus A380 aircraft.
The airline will also increase the frequency of the Brisbane–Los Angeles to daily using the aircraft made available by the A380 upgrade on the Hong Kong route.
"The Qantas Group is serious about Asia and we’ve already increased capacity to Hong Kong by 10% this year," Mr Joyce said.
"As well as adding almost five per cent more seats per week on this route, the aircraft swap will increase the amount of flying done by our flagship A380 fleet into Asia.
"Our Brisbane to Los Angeles service is a strong performer and upgrading it to daily will improve the travel options for customers heading to the United States from Queensland, which has great links to our domestic and regional networks."