In the continuing battle for dominance in Australia’s skies, Qantas and Virgin Australia are replacing their smaller planes with larger Airbus 330s on their transcontinental Australia flights.
Virgin is making its Sydney to Perth and Melbourne to Perth ‘Coast to Coast’ flights exclusively A330 routes by adding 3 new planes.
Qantas is adding 24 A330s to its Melbourne to Perth route. It will replace the Boeing 767s currently used on the route.
Qantas plans to use its biggest plane, the jumbo Boeing 747, for flights between Sydney and Perth.
Why Are the Airlines Upgrading the Planes?
A330s carry more passengers, provide more leg space and reclining comfort, and offer facilities to charge tablets and mobile devices. The domestic flights will feel more like an international one.
The move to larger planes is designed to make business passengers happy – but it will also benefit travelers who would like to include Perth and Western Australia in their vacations.