Compared to Air New Zealand, Qantas operates more narrow body jets between Sydney and Auckland. By way of example, of the five flights Qantas operates between Sydney and Auckland on a Monday, only two are on a wide body aircraft. In comparison, four of Air New Zealand’s five Monday flights are on wide body jets.
This has placed Qantas at a bit of a disadvantage when chasing premium travellers between the two cities. While the Qantas wide body business class product is generally better than the Air New Zealand wide body business class product, odds are, if you were flying Qantas, you’d find yourself on a 737-800 where the business class product is very ho hum.
But Qantas is clawing back a bit of ground over the upcoming summer by swapping out one of its daily 737-800 Sydney – Auckland – Sydney services for a swish 787-9 Dreamliner.
It is a seasonal service, flying between 4 December 2019 and 28 March 2020 inclusive. It will be operating QF141 across to Auckland and QF144 as the return service. Both are daily services. The other daily wide body (A330-200) services across to Auckland to look out for are QF143 and QF145. The return A330-200 services to Sydney are QF146 and QF148.
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, rather a general rule. Book a seat on one of these services and you’ll more than likely enjoy the extra space and quiet of a wide body jet. For premium passengers, both the 787-9 and A330-200 feature the Qantas Business Suites and a premium economy cabin.
Here’s the Sydney – Auckland – Sydney schedule for the three daily Qantas wide body services. Note the Dreamliner service doesn’t start until 4 December 2019.
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||QF141||787-9||Daily||07:40|
|Arr Auckland (AKL)||12:50|
|Dep Auckland (AKL)||QF144||787-9||Daily||13:50|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||15:25|
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||QF143||A330-200||Daily||09:45|
|Arr Auckland (AKL)||14:55|
|Dep Auckland (AKL)||QF146||A330-200||Daily||16:25|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||18:00|
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||QF145||A330-200||Daily||12:15|
|Arr Auckland (AKL)||17:25|
|Dep Auckland (AKL)||QF148||A330-200||Daily||19:00|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||20:35|
Note that Qantas does shift its timetable and swap aircraft around so it’s always worth doing your own homework when looking for a seat on a particular aircraft type.
And while the third wide body flight across to Auckland still falls short of Air New Zealand’s four services, it does make Qantas a lot more competitive. Qantas may only be doing it to utilise an aircraft between overnight sectors but it’s still a win for passengers.