Qantas, the Australian national carrier has just launched new flights direct from Jakarta to Melbourne. The year-round flights will operate three days per week with an Airbus A330 aircraft and add to Qantas’ existing flights from Jakarta to Sydney. Together, these flights offer customers almost 300,000 seats between Jakarta and Australia annually and the choice of ten flights per week, more than any other airline. The route is also expected to be popular with travellers connecting to and from other major Indonesian cities such as Surabaya and Medan.
Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new route would support growing business and government links between Indonesia and Australia. “Jakarta is becoming an increasingly important destination for our corporate travellers. These direct flights offer more choice and make it even easier for them to do business with one of Australia’s closest neighbours,” said Mr David. “The route is also a great opportunity for more Indonesians to explore the best of Victoria or visit family and friends, with the flights launching in time for the Lebaran holiday period.”
The Qantas Group operates up to 106 return flights per week from Indonesia to Australia, including Qantas and Jetstar flights from Melbourne to Bali. Qantas recently announced a multi-million dollar investment in new menus, larger meals and premium produce across all cabins in its regional, domestic and international network. The new menu changes started to roll out last month and feature seasonal ingredients, including plant-based options, coinciding with Autumn. Grilled snapper with red chilli sambal, stir fried kai lan and steamed jasmine rice, and a beef goulash with capsicum, buttered green beans, roasted potatoes and black pepper sour cream are some of the menu items which feature on Qantas’ Melbourne-Jakarta flights.