25 September 2021

Qantas brings Boeing 737s, business class to Byron Bay, Ballina

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Flights from Sydney to Byron Bay / Ballina get larger aircraft, and business class.


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After launching flights between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina) in July, Qantas is upgrading some of those services from the 74-seat Bombardier Q400s (Dash 8s) to the much larger Boeing 737s, which also introduce Qantas business class onto the route.

The change comes from 9 November 2020, when the Boeing 737 makes a daily return flight between the two destinations.

With up to 3 return flights each day on the route, those other services will continue to be operated by the Dash 8.


Flight numbersBoeing 737-800:
QF1160/1164 (SYD-BNK)
QF1161/1165 (BNK-SYD)
Bombardier Q400 (Dash 8):
QF2060/2062/2064/2066 (SYD-BNK)
QF2061/2063/2065/2067 (BNK-SYD)
Operating daysDaily
Distance378 miles / 608 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight timeBoeing 737-800:
1 hour 15 minutes (SYD-BNK)
1 hour 20 minutes (BNK-SYD)
Bombardier Q400 (Dash 8):
1 hour 20 minutes (SYD-BNK)
1 hour 25 minutes (BNK-SYD)
Loyalty programQantas Frequent Flyer
Rewards earned (one-way)800 Qantas Points + 10 Status Credits (discount economy)
1,200 Qantas Points + 20 Status Credits (flexible economy)
1,400 Qantas Points + 40 Status Credits (business class)
1,600 Qantas Points + 45 Status Credits (flexible business)
Reward cost (one-way)8,000 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (economy)
18,400 Qantas Points + taxes, fees and charges (business class)


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The announcement was made by Qantas Group Executive Andrew Parker, via Twitter.

Virgin Australia is also upgrading its Sydney-Byron Bay/Ballina flights, growing to 8 return services per week from 9 November.

Earlier news: Virgin Australia boosts Byron Bay (Ballina) flights

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