SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Qantas Group has today announced its plans to increase its international and domestic capacity during the second quarter of the year.

The group, which includes Qantas and Jetstar, aims to boost domestic capacity by 2%, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. As the peak Easter travel period approaches, Qantas will briefly reintroduce the Airbus A380 to Hong Kong.

This will be made possible by a significant increase in flights between Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as well as the use of widebodies on transcontinental flights to Perth.

On the other hand, Jetstar, the smaller member of the Qantas Group, is set to receive additional Airbus A321LRs during the upcoming quarter, which will increase the airline's seating capacity by 15%.

Meanwhile, Qantas will be introducing the Airbus A380 back into its flights to Hong Kong after a three-year absence, representing a significant upgrade from the current A330 aircraft. The superjumbo will operate on this route until June.

Qantas and Jetstar are set to increase the frequency of several international flights during the second quarter. Routes that will see a boost in services include Melbourne-Tokyo Haneda, Brisbane-Auckland, and Melbourne-Jakarta. Additionally, Qantas has announced an increase in the frequency of flights between Melbourne and Brisbane to Singapore.

Qantas Group announced a record underlying pre-tax profit of A$1.4 billion ($937 million) for the six-month period that ended on December 31, 2022. This impressive financial performance was attributed to strong travel demand and increased yields. In light of this, the group has revealed its intention to acquire used aircraft to meet the growing leisure travel and domestic freight market demand.