Written on 31st May 2017

Qantas and Emirates: Changes to Sydney-Auckland route

Qantas will introduce twice-daily* Airbus A330 flights on the Sydney-Auckland route, as part of operational changes to the joint Qantas-Emirates network across the Tasman.

From 13th July 2017, Emirates will suspend its daily EK418 and EK419 A380 flights between Sydney and Auckland, with those flights replaced by the Qantas A330 services. Qantas will also upgauge some existing B737 flights to A330 where there is demand. The revised schedule will make sure the airlines have the right amount of capacity in the market to meet customer needs.

The new Qantas services are timed to offer seamless connections for New Zealanders travelling via Sydney to destinations in Asia, the United States and South Africa. With the new A330 service, there will also be a higher overall frequency of Qantas flights on the route, suiting the Trans-Tasman business market.

The changes mean Qantas’ upgraded, two-class wide-body A330-200 aircraft – including a 28-seat Business cabin that’s nicknamed “mini First Class” by frequent flyers – will operate as regular services on the trans-Tasman flights for the first time.

*Excluding the Saturday evening SYD-AKL and Sunday morning AKL-SYD services that will be 737 operated.

  • The Qantas A330-200 has a capacity of 271 seats (28 in business, 243 in economy).
  • Under the new schedule, Qantas will offer a total of five return flights per day between Sydney and Auckland (two a day with the A330, plus three on Boeing 737 aircraft). Weekly Qantas frequencies will increase from 32 to 35 return flights.
  • The first of the new A330 services will offer connections from Auckland via Sydney to Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Los Angeles and Johannesburg with Qantas. The second service will connect to Emirates’ daily Sydney-Bangkok flights.


Schedule for A330 flights


Flight No. Depart Arrive Frequency
QF 140 06:55 08:30 Mon - Sat
QF 146 15:20 16:55 Mon - Sun



Flight No. Depart Arrive Frequency
QF 143 08:55 14:00 Mon - Sun
QF 149 18:20 23:25 Sun - Fri


Source: Qantas