Qantas Airbus A380 to fly Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018

Qantas Airbus A380 to fly Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018

Qantas will swing its Airbus A380 onto Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018, ahead of the route becoming the first leg of the Sydney-London superjumbo service from March 25 when Qantas ditches its Dubai stopover.

The daily QF81/QF82 Sydney-Singapore service will step up from Airbus A330 to the double-decker A380 – replete with first class suites and premium economy seats, albeit an inferior business class experience than the A330 – between March 4 and March 24.

But all those extra seats come at a cost: during that three week period, the daily QF5/QF6 Sydney-Singapore Airbus A330 service will be trimmed back to just four times a week on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Then, from March 25 2018, QF81/QF82 will revert being a daily Airbus A330 flight and the QF5/QF6 flights will be reassigned as Qantas' flagship QF1/QF2 for the Sydney-Singapore-London route.

There are other Singapore shuffles rippling through the Qantas network, too.

Perth-Singapore will get year-round double daily flights from April 8, 2018 – look for the new flight numbers QF77/QF78, but don't look for anything fancier than the Boeing 737 which already runs daily as QF71/QF72. This boost comes as Jetstar Asia discontinues its daily Airbus A320 Perth-Singapore service.

Also, from 25 March, 2018, the Roo's low-cost sibling Jetstar will cut its Melbourne-Singapore services from five per week to twice weekly.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

22 comments

  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    14 Dec, 2017 12:33 pm

    Hi David, If Qantas are going to re-time QF51 ex BNE to ensure a better connection with QF1, when would you expect them to make any announcements on this or about the rumored second daily flight out of BNE? Thanks.
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  • David Flynn

    David

    14 Dec, 2017 12:46 pm

    No idea mate, but if they are going to re-time QF51 for a better connection through to London that announcement would have to be pretty soon. Have you checked forward schedules on the Qantas website?
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  • jayman5663

    jayman5663

    20 Dec, 2017 02:21 pm

    I am booked on QF51 BNE to SIN in August 2018 then joining QF1 to LHR. We depart BNE at midday and arrive at SIN at 6.15pm and then depart SIN to LHR at 11.55pm - so 5 hours & 40min stop in SIN. On the way home we arrive at SIN on QF2 at 5.25pm and depart for BNE on QF52 at 8.20pm so a 2hrs & 55mins stop over.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    14 Dec, 2017 12:55 pm

    Problem with BNE is its only one flight a day. So if you reschedule QF51 to depart say 5 hours later to meet QF1, then the QF2/52 connection no longer works.

    From MEL you'd be able to take the 330 QF35 to swap to QF1, but then the 380 QF38 connects to QF2
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    14 Dec, 2017 02:10 pm

    There is talk around that QF will introduce a second BNE-SIN flight, but no word as yet. It would make sense considering the substantial growth in this market in the last few years and that will only continue with the additional passengers flying to LHR via SIN with QF.
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  • Alex Moris

    Alex Moris

    14 Dec, 2017 01:29 pm

    No thanks! Emirates all the way- prefer to fly with an actual premium airline that provides you with all the bells and whistles. Opposed to the old and tired products and service offered on QF A380.
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  • Joe

    Joe

    14 Dec, 2017 01:38 pm

    QF ticket EK metal all the way in premium cabins!
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    Mozzie

  • Graham BLAMEX

    BLAMEX

    14 Dec, 2017 01:45 pm

    I find BA F class product better than QF. As for the old J class the sooner they can update the A380 to have at least the new A330 product the better. Although it is now behind its competitors.
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Dec, 2017 02:05 pm

    Nice that the A380 is going to start flying the route sooner than expected. I still wish the SIN-LHR would be part of QF9.

    The A380 is the better plane, even if the QF 787 has the better J seats. Personally I'd still prefer to fly the A380.

    Once the A380s are refurbished the seat design advantage of the 787 J seats over the A380 will disappear.
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  • 346

    346

    14 Dec, 2017 02:11 pm

    I agree!
    I would argue the A380 J is a better overall experience than A330 J.
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    15 Dec, 2017 09:05 am

    A380 in my humble opinion is better than the B787. I am looking forward to flying on the Singapore Airlines A350-900 tomorrow evening to see how it compares.
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  • Rav

    Rav

    21 Dec, 2017 04:51 pm

    How did the experience go Mighty??????
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    21 Dec, 2017 11:26 pm

    The A350 was a great aircraft (better than the B787 in my opinion) and one I would happily travel on again. The A380 for me is still the ultimate passenger experience. As my first time flying Singapore business in at least 10 years as I am very loyal to QF, It was somewhat underwhelming on both legs BNE-SIN-LHR.


    The new QF beds are a far more practical seat as the seats on SQ require you to ask crew to manually fold down to a bed and back to a seat again once your ready. The SQ lounge in Singapore was not even close to the quality of the Qantas lounge with the food being far from great. The lack of full ensuite facilities (ie no toilet) with only a very small shower on offer which was very ordinary, small and dated.


    In my opinion, once QF upgrade there A380’s the whole traveling experience would be up there with the best in the sky.


    I was expecting SQ to be something special, but was disappointed with the overall experience, except the A350 was great as a aircraft. Shame QF won’t be getting any for the foreseeable future.


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  • HelenRQ

    HelenRQ

    15 Dec, 2017 01:37 am

    Would definitely prefer one PER-SIN flight per day on an A330 than two on a 737
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  • MelbFlyer

    MelbFlyer

    15 Dec, 2017 01:51 pm

    Where is this A380 coming from?
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  • Orus Picarous

    oruspicarous

    16 Dec, 2017 12:57 am

    Might be having no A380s in Manila for this time period.
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  • Joe

    Joe

    16 Dec, 2017 01:17 am

    wow now we have y, y+, J and J+ to SIN. I really wish QF would take full advantage of flying such an amazing premium aircraft such as the A380 and offer a true plush F class. Currently too laid back, simple, lack lustre and a little cheap overall. Other than the F lounges at SYD/MEL and sleeping/bed quality it leave a lot to be desired relative to price paid.
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  • soak01

    soak01

    18 Dec, 2017 04:24 pm

    It would be nice if Qantas re-instated ADL-SIN-ADL flights so that we can also connect to the new SYD-SIN-LHR service.


    ADL is now dominated by overseas carriers with thru connections to LHR/LGW on EK, QR, SQ, MH, CX and CZ.

    It’s just a pity that our own national carrier seems to think that ADL doesn’t merit international service between ADL- SIN/BKK/HKG/KUL service, other than JQ operating ADL-DPS-ADL. Even a JQ triangular service to HKT/SIN or HKT/BKK would be better than what the QF group currently offer.

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  • Frank

    Frank

    20 Dec, 2017 07:45 pm

    being from Perth, I feel your pain..
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  • puppy79

    puppy79

    1 Mar, 2018 09:43 pm

    I know everything to Europe or London is either a middle eastern carrier or an Asian carrier ex ADL.i see the Qatar and Emirates planes overhead near my home on a nightly basis.better schedules if going to places qantas do not serve in their own right and you wish to avoid lengthy transits in Sin or hkg or kul enroute to the continent.
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  • samson12

    samson12

    20 Dec, 2017 12:57 pm

    QF ticket and EK metal, agreed. (unless A330 QF available and guaranteed) .
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  • Bob Rogers

    Paddy1916

    20 Dec, 2017 01:11 pm

    Flew EK A380 in Y 4 weeks ago from JFK to Milan and was not impressed, QF A380 superior product.
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