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Brisbane Gets New Flights to Wellington and Honiara and Daily Service to Tokyo

We just got some very good and encouraging news about Brisbane International Airport (BNE). The biggest and busiest airport in the state of Queensland is going to get a further boost of flights in the second half of the year. Hopefully a further push towards recovering completely pre-covid traffic figures. Something that Australian airports seem on track to achieve in the medium term. So let’s take a closer look at which will be the new Qantas flights and the operational power ups to take place in late 2023 from Brisbane International Airport.

Qantas QF61 Brisbane to Tokyo Flight Goes Daily

The biggest and most exciting news is about a long range flight, as often is the case, specifically about Qantas QF61 Brisbane to Tokyo flight. At the moment the Australian flag carrier operates the flight on a 3 times weekly frequency from Queensland’s capital. The flight is currently active on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

However starting November 26th Qantas flight QF61 will finally return to be a daily service. Just as it used to be before the pandemic. There is another notable change in the service, probably not particularly appreciated, as the flight will now operate from Tokyo Narita (NRT) airport and no longer from the much more centra Haneda (HND) airport. So be prepared for a longer trip in and out of the city from late November onwards.

As for the schedule, after becoming a daily service the Qantas Brisbane to Tokyo flight will operate as follows:

  • QF61 will depart Brisbane (BNE) every day at 09:20 with arrival into Tokyo Narita (NRT) at 17:30. Estimated flight time 9 hours 30 minutes.
  • Return flight QF62 will depart Tokyo Narita (NRT) at 19:30 and arrive into Brisbane (BNE) at 05:45 the next morning. Estimated flight time 9 hours 15 minutes.

The flight will be served by one of Qantas’ Airbus A330-300 in a 2 class configuration featuring:

  • 28 Business Class Seats in a 1-2-1 layout
  • 269 Economy Class Seats in a 2-4-2 layout

Qantas Airbus A330-300 For Brisbane to Tokyo flight QF61

The Other New Qantas Services From Brisbane Airport

Along with the substantial increase in capacity on the Brisbane to Tokyo route, the airport will be receiving 2 new additional flights albeit on lower demand sectors.

Starting October 29th 2023 BNE airport will be getting 2 new Qantas services to:

  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Honiara, Solomon Islands

Both flights will be served by the Qantas Embraer E190-100 with either 94 or 97 seats in one of these 2 configurations:

  • 10/9 Business class seats in a 1-2 layout
  • 84/88 Economy class seats in a 2-2 layout

Now let’s take a closer look at the schedule of the flights

QF355 Brisbane (BNE) to Wellington (WLG) Schedule

This service will be a daily service with this schedule:

  • QF355 will depart Brisbane (BNE) at 08:05 and arrive into Wellington (WLG) at 14:40. Estimated flight time 3 hours 35 minutes.
  • Return flight QF356 will depart Wellington (WLG) at 15:40 and arrive into Brisbane (BNE) at 16:35. Estimated flight time 3 hours 55 minutes.

QF357 Brisbane (BNE) to Honiara (HIR) Schedule

The flight will be available on:

  • Friday
  • Sunday
  • Monday

Operating on this schedule:

  • QF357 will depart Brisbane (BNE) at 09:05 and arrive into Honiara (HIR) at 13:25. Estimated flight time 3 hours 20 minutes.
  • Return flight QF358 will depart Honiara (HIR) at 14:20 and arrive into Brisbane (BNE) at 16:30. Estimated flight time 3 hours 10 minutes.

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