Qantas changes capacity as demand shifts

29 Apr 2016

Qantas has adjusted its plans to increase seat capacity this quarter as external factors including the upcoming federal election put downward pressure on demand.

The carrier has cancelled three Sydney to Los Angeles services from its weekly schedule and reallocated capacity to its Singapore and Hong Kong routes.

The carrier cited a drop in consumer confidence in Australia had reduced demand and impacted forward bookings but added that demand from China remained strong.

Despite the current reduction in capacity on routes to the USA, Qantas will boost its Los Angeles and San Francisco routes over the Christmas period to meet higher seasonal demand.

Frequency on the Sydney to San Francisco route will increase from six times per week to daily from 12 December 2016 to 25 January 2017 and replace the service's existing Boeing 747 with the an Airbus A380.

Qantas' San Francisco route was brought back into service after being discontinued in May 2011 and has experienced strong popularity since.

A380 flights from Sydney to Los Angeles will also be increased to daily during the same period along with two additional B747 services per week.

 

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