Qantas will increase the capacity on its flights to Tokyo from Sydney by introducing a Boeing 747-400 on the route.
A two-class version of the aircraft will replace the existing Airbus A330-300 on services to Narita International Airport from July 5th, while an A330-200 will also be used on flights to the Japanese capital.
Alan Joyce, Qantas’ chief executive officer, said the changes are in light of increased demand from passengers wishing to fly to Tokyo.
"This will increase capacity by 115 seats per flight – of which 26 seats will be business class – and on a weekly basis, Qantas will add 1,256 seats on the route," he commented.
Mr Joyce went on to say that the airline’s flights to Japan are especially popular among leisure passengers, while he forecast a gradual recovery for business travellers.
Qantas operates ten weekly flights to Tokyo from two cities in Australia, Sydney and Perth.
Its regional carrier QantasLink confirmed this week that it had taken delivery of a new Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which will allow it to boost its Queensland operations.