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Bye-bye Dubai! Qantas switches to Kangaroo Route

September 1, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Qantas hasn’t been out of the headlines for the past week and that’s not about to change: the Australian airline has announced it will from next March fly its daily A380s to London via Singapore – the traditional Kangaroo Route – instead of flying through Dubai.

Tickets for Qantas’ new services are on sale from today. Customers with existing bookings affected by the changes will be re-accommodated onto the new services or given the option of changing their flights.

At the same time, Qantas is renewing its alliance with commercial partner Emirates for another five years, provided the ACCC and regulatory authorities permit it.

Qantas proclaimed its historic switch of route – through Singapore Changi rather than through Dubai – in an official statement headed: QANTAS AND EMIRATES TO EXTEND PARTNERSHIP.

The Qantas move will work for Emirates too. The Dubai-based airline will use its own A380s (a major cabin upgrade is on the way) to all its Australian gateways. It will still offer its customers the benefit of Qantas points. Emirates currently flies 77 weekly services between Dubai and five Australian cities: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

Restrictions on traffic rights will prevent Emirates from coding on Qantas’ Perth-London or Singapore-London service, but its customers can redeem frequent flyer points on these routes as part of the partnership.

Qantas will offer three ways to reach Britain/Europe: via Dubai (in conjunction with Emirates); via Perth (to be non-stop on B787-9 Dreamliners from next March); and via Singapore.

Qantas estimates the annualised net benefit of the changes at more than AUD 80 million from financial year 2019.

Qantas will re-route its daily Sydney-London A380 service via Singapore rather than Dubai and upgrade its existing daily Melbourne-Singapore flight from an A330 to an A380.  As previously announced, Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London service will be replaced with its Dreamliner service flying Melbourne-Perth-London.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the first five years of the Qantas-Emirates alliance had been “a great success”.

“Emirates has given Qantas customers an unbeatable network into Europe that is still growing,” Joyce said.

“We want to keep leveraging this strength and offer additional travel options on Qantas, particularly through Asia.

“Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.

“Improvements in aircraft technology mean the Qantas network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Australia and Europe, but this will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our customers.”

Key changes:

  • The choice of three hub options between Australia and UK/Europe – Dubai, Perth and Singapore.
  • From 25 March 2018, QF 1/2 A380 service will operate Sydney-London via Singapore, replacing one of the existing Sydney-Singapore A330 services. The second Sydney-Singapore daily service will continue to be operated by an A330.
  • From 25 March 2018, one daily Qantas Melbourne-Singapore service will be upgraded from an A330 to an A380 (QF35/36), with the second three per week service increased to a daily A330 service (QF37/38).

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Andrew North says:

    All I can say is “that took long enough”. I can finally return to travelling with Qantas to England.

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