Qantas is once again scheduling its flagship Airbus A380 between Sydney and Hong Kong over the 2019-2020 summer season, with first class suites also up for sale – making Qantas the only airline offering first class on this busy route.
The 'summer superjumbo' has become something of a tradition for Qantas, with the double-decker jet well suited to handling the extra bookings buoyed by holidays as well as Chinese New Year, which in 2020 falls on January 25.
Qantas’ online schedule shows the A380 will replace the Boeing 787 on the daily QF127/QF128 service, beginning with QF127 on Wednesday December 4 2019 and winding up with QF128 on Saturday March 28.
The upside, of course, is the ability to book into one of the A380's first class suites (or snare a points-based upgrade from business class) so you can luxe it up on the 9½ hour journey.
The X-factor: it's not yet known if the HK-bound A380 will be one of the first ones to be upgraded with the same excellent Business Suites as the red-tailed Dreamliners...
... or will retain the original and less comfortable Skybed II berths.
If the summer superjumbo is among those to have received their million-dollar makeover, business class travellers will also have the opportunity to try out the two new lounges at the front of the upper deck.
If you do book first class on Qantas' Airbus A380, we suggest suites 1A and 1K for that ‘private jet’ feeling; 2F if you want a cosy nest; and 5A and 5K for maximum privacy. For the best view on the daytime flight to Hong Kong, opt for 4A and 4K, but on the overnight return leg, light sleepers should avoid 5F.