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  • Joe Breitfeller

Qantas’ First Flight From Melbourne to Delhi via Adelaide Takes Flight

This morning, Qantas launched their first flight between Melbourne and Delhi, which is initially operating via Adelaide. Today’s flight, QF69, was sold out, along with most flights across all cabins for the rest of this month.


Qantas Airbus A330-200 - Courtesy Qantas

On Wednesday (December 22, 2021), Qantas announced the launch of their first flight between Melbourne and Delhi, India. Flight QF69, an Airbus A330-200, was completely sold out as passengers head to India to reunite with family and friends. Demand on the new route has exceeded expectations, with most remaining flights this month sold out across all cabins. Flights from Melbourne and Delhi are initially operating via Adelaide, with the return Delhi-Melbourne service flying direct. With most domestic borders reopened and connectivity increasing, passengers from other interstate cities can take advantage of the new Melbourne-Delhi service with one-stop connections via Adelaide.


In Wednesday’s announcement, Qantas Domestic and International’s CEO, Andrew David, said,


“Usually, it takes 12 months to sell out flights on a new international route, but these flights sold out in a few hours. It goes to show how much pent-up demand there is for travel, especially from people wanting to see family and friends after borders were closed for so long. We’re also seeing even more demand for flights from Delhi to Melbourne with international students and skilled migrants now able to return to Australia. 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.”


Since the reopening of Australia’s borders, Qantas has resumed key international routes out of Melbourne, including flights to Los Angeles, London and Singapore. Travelers on all Qantas international flights must be fully vaccinated, unless they are under 12, or between 12-17 years old traveling to Australia with their family or guardian, or have an exemption.



Source: Qantas