Qantas boosts Hong Kong with more flights, Business Suites

Qantas boosts Hong Kong with more flights, Business Suites

Qantas is ramping up its flights from Sydney to both Hong Kong and Manila, with Sydney-Hong Kong increasing by four flights per week on an ongoing basis – all of which will feature Qantas’ Business Suites aboard its Airbus A330 aircraft.

It’s also the first time that Qantas will offer the A330 Business Suite (below) between Sydney and Hong Kong: a route traditionally served by its Boeing 747 aircraft throughout the year and the larger Airbus A380 during peak periods.

Taking flight from October 26 2015, QF117 is wheels-up in Sydney at 1:15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a 7:40pm arrival in Hong Kong, and departs at 1:40pm on Tuesdays ahead of an 8:05pm touchdown.

On the return, QF118 pushes back at 9:35pm on Monday through Thursday, arriving at the gate in Sydney at 10am the following morning.

That extra overnight leg from Hong Kong to Sydney will provide an alternative to the earlier flight of Qantas' daily Boeing 747 service, which remains on the roster as QF127/128.

Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans says the new flights are geared towards providing a double-daily service "on peak days of the week for business travel and we’ll look at expanding beyond that if the opportunity is available."

More for Manila, too

The Red Roo’s Sydney-Manila flights (QF19/20) will also increase from four- to five-times-weekly between early December 2015 and late March 2016.

“We’re pleased to add to the seasonal services we’re set to operate to Asia later this year, with the fifth weekly Manila flight again representing the dynamic nature of our network, which has the flexibility to offer our customers more flights during peak seasons,” Evans said.

Qantas’ new Hong Kong flights go on sale today with promotional launch fares for $688 in economy available until 11:59pm on Friday 11 September, while the extra Manila services can be booked from next week.

Also read: Qantas A330 Business Suite business class review

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

31 comments

  • Tom Goddard

    TomGoddardd

    9 Sep, 2015 10:35 am

    I think the 789's will replace the old 747 on this route, unless Qantas miracously decides to take those other A380's they have on order and put them on the HKG when the 747's are retired.

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  • Christopher Campbell

    Chris2304

    9 Sep, 2015 10:40 am

    I thourght it would be double daily with an A380 replacing an A330 during peak services, although they may announce that at another time when more A330s are reconfigured since 1 B747 is due to be retired this FY. 

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  • Christopher Campbell

    Chris2304

    9 Sep, 2015 10:45 am

    *double daily A330. Also im guessing the a330 service will be operated by an A332 with the trim back on transcontintal A330 flights

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  • Christopher Campbell

    Chris2304

    9 Sep, 2015 10:50 am

    I think 787-10s will be best to replace A333. 787-9 better to replace B747s flights that need longer range

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  • alpal787

    alpal787

    9 Sep, 2015 10:59 am

    why doesn't Qantas rename itsel as Air Sydney ?

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  • GgFlyer

    GgFlyer

    9 Sep, 2015 11:05 am

    Whilst I do admit Qantas is Sydney centric, Sydney just seems to have the most demand, I mean Sydney is Australia's largest and most well known city. Although IMO Qantas should be focusing on Melbourne alot more, Melbourne has over 4 million residents and half the flights of Sydney. 

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  • riley

    riley

    9 Sep, 2015 11:21 am

    The market doesn't lie.

    More business is done in Sydney, especially international business. As much as I love Melbourne, it's the sporting capital and in business terms, a secondary city. 

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  • aklrunway

    aklrunway

    9 Sep, 2015 11:34 am

    Why doesn't Air New Zealand rename themselves Air Auckland? Why doesn't British Airways rename themselves Air London? What a stupid question. How dare airlines fly from cities with the most demand!? 

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  • Dave

    Grannular

    9 Sep, 2015 11:37 am

    Agreed. So sick of seeing people whinge about this everytime there is an article about Qantas and Sydney

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  • Sladeyp

    Sladeyp

    9 Sep, 2015 12:09 pm

    TBH connecting from anywhere in the UK to LHR or anywhere in NZ to AKL doesn't take 4+ hours. Bad examples.

    People whinge because they don't like to play rugby with their itineraries (ie go backwards to go forwards).

    If you're a PER/ADL Qantas customer wishing to fly QF to HKG on qantas.com it will route you PER>SYD/MEL>HKG in possibly the most indirect manner of getting to Asia. Until recently this was the only way to get to SIN as well.

    It's understandable if there's no business case for certain QF intl routes but I really don't understand why QF can't attempt a codeshare with CX on Australian routes to HKG that QF chooses not to fly such as ex PER, ADL, CNS (you know, the rest of Australia that shouldn't have to connect via Sydney).

    Currently CX flies to PER 10 times a week which shows there's this so called 'demand' or 'market' you guys speak of so frequently.

    If QF doesn't want to fly the route because it can't build a business case for it that's fine, but at least attempt to facilitate a way that your loyal QF PER/ADL based customers (there's plenty of them) so they can fly directly on 'oneworld partner' CX to one of asia's most important business hubs.

    Rather QF chooses to shortchange QF loyalty based in PER/ADL with their 'simpler, fairer' system of reduced points & status credits for choosing to fly in the most direct manner to & from HKG rather than play rugby with Qantas.

     

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  • aklrunway

    aklrunway

    9 Sep, 2015 12:17 pm

    Because starting a codeshare with CX on direct routes from PER/ADL takes away those customers who would happliy fly first to MEL/SYD to connect.

    Just because CX flies to PER 10 times a week doesn't mean the demand or market is there for direct flights to HKG. CX flies those Perth passengers to Hong Kong and then onwards to their European/South East Asian/Chinese destinations. Qantas doesn't fly further from Hong Kong so sees no sense in operating a terminating PER-HKG flight with no connections. CX, however, can see the benefit of doing so as they can fly those passengers further afield.

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  • aklrunway

    aklrunway

    9 Sep, 2015 12:20 pm

    What works for one airline, does not automatically mean it works for another. Just like Air New Zealand doesn't fly to Suva from Auckland, but Fiji Airways does. Air New Zealand doesn't fly year round from Wellington and Christchurch but Fiji Airways does. You don't see Air New Zealand codesharing on those services. 

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  • Sladeyp

    Sladeyp

    9 Sep, 2015 12:24 pm

    Did you seriously just compare Auckland Suva to Perth HKG?

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  • aklrunway

    aklrunway

    9 Sep, 2015 12:27 pm

    It's an example of one airline that obviously sees value in a route when one clearly does not.

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  • Sladeyp

    Sladeyp

    9 Sep, 2015 12:23 pm

    I'd love for you to find someone in Perth who would 'happily' connect to HKG via SYD/MEL.

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  • aklrunway

    aklrunway

    9 Sep, 2015 12:28 pm

    That was more aimed to your ADL argument. ADL/MEL is one hour. Not 4 hours+ as you suggested

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    9 Sep, 2015 12:48 pm

    Such a simplistic assessment belies the facts of Australia's history and the tensions between a centralised vs. decentralised model, which is reflective of the arguments for Qantas establishing other ports as international gateway.

    In the case of the UK, Australia did not have a post-war Labour government that focused powers centrally in Whitehall that left a vacuum in the once great Victorian cities of England and Scotland, which has resulted in the London centric perspective of the United Kingdom.

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  • Nick  Sydney 348

    Nick Sydney 2

    11 Sep, 2015 12:14 pm

    Excellent idea. And anyway Melbourne has its own bank - Bank of Melbourne - so we should have our own airline being the Premier State 

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  • Malcolm Lee

    mallee

    9 Sep, 2015 11:51 am

    There is no use worrying about Qantas or Air Sydney or Air East Coast Australia, whatever you want to call them, just swing to EK, CX or SQ, simple.

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  • Rkwm

    Rkwm

    9 Sep, 2015 12:30 pm

    Such great news . The increased capacity to HKG with QF has been long in coming .I hope it will go twice daily as soon as is possible .CX fills the four daily flights with code shares and traffic from China and seats are becoming more and more difficult to secure especially at short notice .Thought this route may have been taken up by Virgin Australia but seems not to be !

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  • LondonAussie

    LondonAussie

    9 Sep, 2015 03:22 pm

    Increased capacity........ On what spare planes? Qantas is really stretched now. AJ needs to get those additional A380's ordered. Unless he is doing an EK and waiting for the NEO.

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  • jet_setter

    jet_setter

    9 Sep, 2015 04:22 pm

    This post makes me so happy! Glad to see QF returning to 2 flights daily :-)

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  • jet_setter

    jet_setter

    9 Sep, 2015 04:23 pm

    ****Not daily but atleast a few times a week!

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  • DaveK

    DaveK

    9 Sep, 2015 07:00 pm

    And yet SYD- SIN still does not have a full weekly schedule of A330 flights with the new interior...

    I've obviously missed something, as also mentioned in the response posts...as QF has not purchased any planes, where did the capacity suddenly come from (what's being cut)?

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  • Fonga

    Fonga

    10 Sep, 2015 05:22 pm

    The extra plane comes off the Perth-East Coast route. An A330 has been replaced by 737.

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  • abudhabi1

    abudhabi1

    11 Sep, 2015 11:33 am

    Just be thankful It's all nonstops these days SYD-SIN.I felt for some of you who could not get on the BA service or the QF5 having to end up on the services that went either via Adelaide or Jakarta back in the day.

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  • Propofol88

    Propofol88

    9 Sep, 2015 07:35 pm

    Tried to change my flight to HKG from the 747 to the new A330 - $480 change fee plus a fare adjustment on my original business class sale fare :( Next time....

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  • Martin  Slobodnik

    msport2012

    9 Sep, 2015 09:16 pm

    So this means that QF really wants to take a bigger market share off the J pax traveling to HKG now that Jetstar Hong Kong is no longer in the pipe line.  Wonder how CX will respond? Will they change all A330  to the B777 or will they use the HKG - SYD as the launch route for the A350. What ever the case, it will be intresting to see how this plays out.

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  • jet_setter

    jet_setter

    9 Sep, 2015 09:39 pm

    Launch route for the A350 would be pretty cool! Although Auckland is in dire need of a new aircraft!  As much as I love the A340's the hard product is definetly dated and out of sync with Cathay's new brand ethos...

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  • NBShone

    NBShone

    10 Sep, 2015 02:11 pm

    What extra day is on the manila flight. Now its mon. Wed. Fri. Sat

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  • Ming Tak Poon

    derek2016

    28 Oct, 2015 07:47 pm

    Will the following dining options in The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge extend their operating hours due to the addition of QF117/118?
    1. Plate of the Day
    2. Spice Temple BBQ Bar
    3. DIm Sum Trolley

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