is to add two new routes to its New Zealand domestic network.
Qantas Airlines Regional General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Allan
Williams said Qantas would begin flying its Boeing 737s between Christchurch
and Rotorua and Christchurch and Wellington from 1 April.
"Qantas has operated jet services between Auckland and Wellington and
Auckland and Christchurch since we established our New Zealand domestic operations in April 2001," Mr Williams said.
"We are now operating a fleet of five Boeing 737s and have progressively added
services and destinations since then, including Christchurch-Queenstown in
September last year and Auckland-Queenstown non-stop in October.
"Our new Christchurch-Rotorua services will be part of a same plane through
service linking Queenstown and Rotorua via Christchurch.
"The new route will really appeal to domestic travellers as well as international
visitors flying with Qantas into New Zealand.
"The new Christchurch-Wellington services will meet growing demand for
business and leisure travel between the two cities."
From 1 April, Qantas will operate nearly 300 domestic flights each week as
- Auckland/Christchurch 56 return services per week
- Auckland/Wellington 45 return services per week
- Christchurch/Queenstown 14 return services per week
- Christchurch/Wellington 14 return services per week
- Auckland/Queenstown seven return services per week
- Christchurch/Rotorua seven return services per week
Qantas is introducing the new services following a decision to no longer lease
aircraft from or codeshare with New Zealand regional carrier Origin Pacific.
Mr Williams said the expansion of Qantas' New Zealand domestic jet network and
flight timings will ensure the best possible connections to the airline's
"Qantas currently operates more than 110 return trans-Tasman services per
week into New Zealand and 10 return services each week between Auckland and
Los Angeles," he said.
Seats on the new jet services
went on sale from Saturday 24 January.