How to fly to India with Qantas/Emirates

By Neil R | Jul 03, 2019, 11:00 AM
Hi team,
I have to travel to Hyderbad each month for the next 6 months. Not being a huge fan of Malaysian Airlines, I am wondering if anyone has been able to find options using QF to Dubai and EK to HYD. Looking for combined fares on line is a challange, but has anyone ever been able to book seperate QF / EK bookings, and have them linked?

Thanks in advance....
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By reeves35 | Jul 03, 2019, 12:06 PM
Now Jet Airways is no more, Qantas' options into India are much reduced. If you are from Melbourne, Sri Lankan is a good Oneworld option. Other than that you rely on Cathay which is a bit of a long trip, Malaysian, who you don't want to fly with or Emirates but, once again, this is a bit of a long trip and, as I understand it, DXB-India flights don't come under the JSA but your travel agent should be able to do it as a single booking. Depending on you status you may not get lounge access in DXB for non-QF code flights.
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By fatty | Jul 03, 2019, 12:07 PM
QF no longer fly to Dubai, it will be all Emirates operated flights only. You may be able to have see if you can book off the Qantas website however. Imagine it will send you to connect via Dubai, Singapore (but who knows who with?) or Hong Kong with Cathay.
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By paulkaz | Jul 03, 2019, 12:10 PM
One World member Cathay Pacific fly via HKG as an alternative. Might save back tracking from Dubai back to India.
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By QFP1 | Jul 03, 2019, 12:33 PM
As mentioned, Qantas stopped flying to Dubai last year when it switched back to Singapore. For Oneworld I'd suggest Sri Lankan ex-Melbourne or Cathay Pacific via HKG.
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By crwilkins | Jul 03, 2019, 12:36 PM
I just booked to Mumbai via Cathay Pacific (HKG) but not really any easy option with QF, other option that was quite reasonably priced was but longer was with Qatar Airways via Doha.
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By Ricardo | Jul 03, 2019, 12:38 PM
Qantas does offer a ticketed flight with Silk Air from Singapore. The 4 hour Silk Air flight is 'sort-of' the equivalent of a East Coast to Perth flight on a QF/VA 737.

It's the next best timing after the Malaysian flights
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By NickCorr | Jul 03, 2019, 01:02 PM
Two months ago I flew to Delhi, booked though Qantas website and it was QF to HKG then Cathay, on a CX flight number to Delhi.

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By mspcooper | Jul 03, 2019, 02:17 PM
I think you are better off doing what NickCorr has said. After Jet Airways collapse, QF have been using CX for their flights into india routing via HKG. Rarely, they would connect you via Air India in Singapore, even though Air India belong to Star Alliance. Back tracking from Dubai will consume far too much time, especially if you are going to be travelling once a month for 6 months.
CX into HYD is a no brainer, and flying QF into HKG means more status credits, than flying CX from Australia to HKG
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By adethyasjce | Jul 03, 2019, 03:22 PM
Hi team,
I have to travel to Hyderbad each month for the next 6 months. Not being a huge fan of Malaysian Airlines, I am wondering if anyone has been able to find options using QF to Dubai and EK to HYD. Looking for combined fares on line is a challange, but has anyone ever been able to book seperate QF / EK bookings, and have them linked?

Thanks in advance....

Hi Neil R,

I'm assuming you are departing SYD and travelling in Economy

I travel to India (Chennai, MAA) every 2 months and as people mentioned in this thread, after Jet Airways (9W) collapsed, Cathay Pacific (CX) via HKG is a most used option into India.

Next comes Sri Lankan, but that has a 14 hour direct flight to CMB and an hour flight to HYD. So if you don't fancy sitting in a seat for 14 hours straight, then Sri Lankan isn't the option for you

Next comes MH, which I think you are not interested in

You may try QF to Singapore and then a SQ to HYD - which isn't fully one world

I've done SYD-DXB-MAA, but again, it's bum numbing 15 hour flight to DXB and a 2 hour wait before getting on a flight to MAA.

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By Red Cee | Jul 04, 2019, 08:32 AM
Look at the Qantas website, and see what they recommend.
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By andrewjason81 | Jul 04, 2019, 08:51 AM
Or you could join Krisflyer and begin racking up points and status with SQ and then have two programs which opens up more options.
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By Neil R | Jul 04, 2019, 09:47 AM
Thanks everyone for your advise. I have done the Silk air option with QF to Singapore, but seat allocation SIN/HYD is only done at SIN airport, and I keep getting stuck with a middle seat. I know - first world problems, but I think ultimatly the CX option will be the best. With the 9 hour lay over in HKG on the way back, it will be a chance to do a days work in one of the senational CX first class lounges. I have been told by some QF flight attendents that India is back on the QF radar, but I am not holding my breath. Cheers!
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By nix584 | Jul 04, 2019, 09:47 AM
MEL-CMB on UL is between 10 and 11 hours, not 14 and it requires an overnight layover before the flight to HYD.

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By mspcooper | Jul 04, 2019, 12:57 PM
Thanks everyone for your advise. I have done the Silk air option with QF to Singapore, but seat allocation SIN/HYD is only done at SIN airport, and I keep getting stuck with a middle seat. I know - first world problems, but I think ultimatly the CX option will be the best. With the 9 hour lay over in HKG on the way back, it will be a chance to do a days work in one of the senational CX first class lounges. I have been told by some QF flight attendents that India is back on the QF radar, but I am not holding my breath. Cheers!
Long overdue, but with new dreamliners coming, BOM and DEL may fall back on their radar. The issue is always getting the business traffic. In my last 10+ trips into and out of india, business class is always full. I think QF would know this, and possibly have this in their mind.

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