Wednesday 22 December 2021

Qantas now flying from Melbourne to Delhi

As of today Qantas now connects both Sydney and Melbourne to Delhi, with the first Melbourne-Delhi service departing Melbourne. QF 69 was due to depart at 9.25am local but pushed back at 9.40am, after a very short taxi out it got airborne at 9.48am and headed to Adelaide South Australia, a quick 1 hour flight. The onward flight was due to depart at 11.15 (local) but didn't get away until 12.06pm

Although the flights from Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne are non-stop, the Sydney-Delhi and Melbourne-Delhi legs ‘initially’ include a stopover in Adelaide for the Airbus A330.
Today's inaugural flight from Melbourne was operated by VH-EBB an Airbus A330-202

QANTAS A330-202 VH-EBB (MSN 1060)

“With a big Indian expat community and growing trade and investment ties, India is going to be an incredibly important market for the Flying Kangaroo as international travel recovers.”
Doubling down on Delhi

The Sydney-Delhi flights began on the 6th December at an initial three days per week – Monday, Thursday and Saturday – with QF67 departing Sydney at 6.05am for a 3.35pm touchdown in Delhi.
QF67 was also operated by an Airbus A330-202 - VH-EBV performed the inaugural.

QANTAS A330-202 VH-EBV (MSN 1365)
The QF68 return leg leaves Delhi at 6pm and heads straight to Sydney to land at 11.45am the following day.

Qantas plans to boost the Sydney-Delhi route to a daily service from the 3rd January, although the airline maintains the flights will "initially operate until at least late March 2022, with a view to continuing if there is sufficient demand.”


Qantas isn’t giving up on its pre-Covid plan for non-stop flights to Chicago, with CEO Alan Joyce saying the route “is still a huge opportunity” for the airline.

Just weeks before the inaugural Brisbane-Chicago flight on the 15th April 2020, Qantas was forced to suspend the service – and then its entire international network – as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

But the airline is once again looking to the future with optimism rather than trepidation, and Joyce is eager to “establish the network that we had before Covid, and planned to do.”

“We think Brisbane-Chicago is still a huge opportunity,” while also citing Seattle – home to new Oneworld member Alaska Airlines – as another possibility.

“We’ve always said we would consider destinations like Seattle, as well as reinstating Dallas, so our potential there is huge.”

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