With new flights from Melbourne, Qantas is refocusing on Delhi.
After years of benevolent neglect, Qantas is rediscovering India. In October, the airline announced that it would operate between Sydney and Delhi three times a week in early December. Qantas has announced that it will follow Monday and will also begin flights from Melbourne to Delhi before Christmas.
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Backed by strong bookings for Sydney-Delhi flights, Qantas is making a leap to Melbourne. The airline has timed the announcement of a new flight with news that Australia will reopen to skilled immigrants and international students from December 1st.
Starting December 22, QF69 will take off from Melbourne to Delhi every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at 9:25 am. Airbus A330200 runs the service. Flights to Delhi are via Adelaide.
Unfortunately, Qantas does not seem to sell domestic flights for this flight. The Airbus A330 between Melbourne and Adelaide will definitely collide with the devastating Boeing 737800 flying the route otherwise.
However, Qantas sells the Adelaide-Delhi route. QF69, departing at 11:25 am, shows that Qantas' international services have returned to Australia's fifth largest city after a very long absence. The flight time from Adelaide to New Delhi is less than 12 hours. The
return flight operates a direct flight between Delhi and Melbourne. QF70 will return from Delhi every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:55 pm. The flight will arrive in Melbourne at lunchtime the next day after 12 hours of flight time.
Assuming Air India returns to Sydney and Melbourne shortly after last year's flight outage, the two airlines will compete in the air corridor between Australia and India.
According to the Australian Tourism Board, India was Australia's 7th largest visitor arrival market, 6th largest visitor spending market and 2nd largest visitor night market before travel declined. .. In 2019, 182,374 passengers flew non-stop between the two countries on 834 Air India flights, according to Australia's Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economy (BITRE).
However, these numbers do not include hundreds of thousands of airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia flying via hubs such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Competition with companies such as Singapore Airlines has long undermined Qantas' ambitions in India.
However, Qantas seems to be a good time to return to the subcontinent, as Australia has a large Indian diaspora and many (usually) Indian students are studying there. It is also worth noting that
Qantas' efforts by China have failed. Ten years ago, Qantas expanded into China because it is now expanding into India. But even before the decline of travel and political tactics surfaced, China proved difficult for Qantas to crack.
These New Delhi services can be seen as the second round of China's push in another densely populated and rapidly developing country. Ideally, this time Qantas wants to start gambling for the first time.
Meanwhile, Qantas resumed its first scheduled international flight from Melbourne in 20 months on Monday. Qantas international flights from Sydney had been operating for several weeks, but Melbourne was a little late for the party. Flight
Airbus A330300 to Singapore resumed three times a week on Monday. Flights between Melbourne and London will resume on 27 November 2021, and flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles will resume on 19 December 2021.
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