The service operates daily, using a refreshed 174 seat B737- 800 aircraft featuring 12 business class seats, upgraded in-flight entertainment, and improved seat comfort.
It replaces Qantas’ previous, turboprop-operated service between Port Moresby and Cairns, and is aimed to maximize customers’ connections to New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and North America.
Qantas and Air Niugini will continue to codeshare on routes between Port Moresby and Australia.*
Qantas Senior Vice President in Asia and Papua New Guinea, Benjamin Tan, said the route provides a great choice of connections for business and leisure travelers.
“The new service between Port Moresby and Brisbane opens up a range of options for all our customers.
“For business travelers, the departure and arrival times in Port Moresby make it easy to fly in, take meetings in the afternoon or the next morning, then catch a flight back to Australia later the next day.
“For leisure travelers, flights to Brisbane offer convenient connections across Australia and seamless international transfers, to North America, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands,” said Mr Tan.
“Our refurbished B737 provides over 300 entertainment options and Marc Newson designed Business and Economy seats. We look forward to welcoming more travellers on board to experience Qantas,” added Mr Tan.
Qantas began operating to PNG in the 1940s with two light aircraft stationed in Lae for local operations. Qantas’ four engine DC4 Skymaster began flying the Sydney - Port Moresby – Lae route in 1950.
In 1959, Port Moresby was used as a refueling point for Qantas flights to Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, the Qantas and Air Niugini code share is subject to government and regulatory approvals.