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The change will add 650 seats on the route each week, including providing travelers access to the airline's flagship lie-flat business suites and improved in-flight entertainment. (Qantas/File)
Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways is adding more seats to its Sydney and Bali flights beginning Mar. 31, upgrading the aircraft operating the route from a Boeing 737 to Airbus A330.
The change will add 650 seats on the route each week, including providing travelers access to the airline's flagship lie-flat business suites and improved in-flight entertainment.
The move comes as more and more Australians are visiting the Indonesian resort island, according to a statement by Qantas. Citing data from ABS Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, the airline further noted that more than 1.2 million Australians visited Indonesia in the 12-month period ending October 2018, up more than 200 hundred percent compared with a decade ago.
Further, research from Roy Morgan Leading Indicator Report - Holiday Travel Intention in July last year also shows that around 10 percent of Australians planning an overseas trip in the next twelve months planned to travel to Bali, up from around 6 percent a decade ago.
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Qantas International chief executive officer Alison Webster said the A330 would provide customers with even more comfort and choice on the six-hour journey to and from the island.
"Bali is an incredibly popular destination with Australians, and we are seeing an increase in demand for premium travel," Webster said in the statement.
“Our A330s are extremely popular with customers on other routes into Asia, and having this operate on the overnight flight back from Bali – particularly the fully flat bed in Business - will make the flight even more comfortable,” she added.
The airline recommenced in 2015 its operation of Sydney to Bali services throughout Australia's summer as a seasonal service. It made the route available year-round beginning 2017.
Last year, Qantas also launched a daily Melbourne-Bali service using a Boeing 737-800.
Together with Jetstar, its budget airline subsidiary, the newest changes would see Qantas Group offer close to 38,000 seats a week between Australia and Bali. (liz/wng)
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