On December 22, 2021, Qantas launched its first commercial service from Melbourne to Delhi.
According to Qantas, QF 69 was a completely sold-out flight, with people their route to India to see their relatives and loved ones.
The Melbourne-Delhi (via Adelaide) route has sold out swiftly, according to Qantas, with almost all flights for December 2021 fully booked across all cabins and forward reservations far ahead of initial projections.
“Usually it takes 12 months to sell out flights on a new international route, but these flights sold out in a few hours,” Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said, noting that the airline was thrilled to be adding new destinations to its route map once again.
“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,” David said.
India has the third-largest migrant population in Australia, behind England and China, and its population is expanding at an annual rate of 11%.
The state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne as its capital, has the highest Indian population in Australia.
QF69 departed Melbourne at 09:25 local time, arrived in Adelaide at 10:15 local time, then departed for Delhi at 11:51 local time, 36 minutes later than scheduled, according to flight tracker site FlightAware. At 18:44 local time, it is due to arrive in Delhi. An Airbus A330-200 was used for the flight.
This journey comes after Qantas’ maiden flight from Sydney to Delhi, which took place on December 6, 2021. The airline’s first scheduled passenger flight from Australia to Delhi since 1974 will leave from Sydney and Melbourne.