• Thai Airways boosts London flights, shortens Aussie transit times

    Thai Airways will reinstate its previously-axed second-daily flight between Bangkok and London from later this year, cutting transit times on the Kangaroo Route by up to 19 hours in each direction. That takes place from October 25 when TG916 returns to the skies – departing Bangkok each da...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2015 5 Comments

  • Superjumbo smackdown: Qantas vs Emirates on the Airbus A380

    Qantas frequent flyers, rusted-on Red Roo loyalists and other Australian business travellers flying out of Sydney or Melbourne have a choice of Airbus A380s to Europe under the Qantas/Emirates alliance. Both airlines count the superjumbo as flagships in their fleet, but they're far fro...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2014 35 Comments

  • Seven one-stop Star Alliance routes to Europe from Australia

    For what seemed to be the longest time Singapore was considered the default stopover for Australian travellers headed to Europe, due to Qantas adopting the Lion city as its pit-stop for London flights. But with the Red Roo's stopover shifting to Dubai, and increased competition from internationa...

    POSTED 30 May, 2014 16 Comments

  • China Southern tags Boeing 787s, 777-300s for Europe, USA expansion

    China Southern will earmark its new Boeing 787s and long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets for adding new routes into Europe and the USA as the airline moves to broaden the worldwide network reaching out from its hub in Guangzhou. The airline recently revealed it will launch a direct New York service ...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • China Southern's Airbus A380 now flying Sydney-Guangzhou

    China Southern begin daily Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and its home base of Guangzhou today, Monday 28 October, making this Sydney’s fourth superjumbo service alongside Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. The A380 will take over the airline’s CZ325/326 service, which depa...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2013 3 Comments

  • Garuda pushes back Sydney's Boeing 777 launch

    Garuda Indonesia has quietly axed plans to bring its new Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney next month, pushing the big bird's Australian debut back to mid-2014. It's the third setback for the airline's newest flagship, which reintroduces first class to the Garuda fleet along with a revamped business cl...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • Australia to the UK: stopover, or fly straight through?

    It's been four months since the Qantas-Emirates alliance officially swung into gear, and in the process titled Australia's travel globe tilted on its axis by shifting the pivot point for Qantas's Kangaroo Route from Singapore to Dubai. Despite the benefits of Dubai as Emirates' geograp...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2013 15 Comments

  • China Southern's Kangaroo Route combo: Airbus A380 + Boeing 787

    China Southern is set to serve up its two newest flagship aircraft on the Sydney-London route from October 27, tempting travellers with both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner on each leg of the 23 hour trip. Provided passengers can overcome any nervousness regarding the trouble-prone Boe...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2013 7 Comments

  • China Southern's Guangzhou hub gets visa-free stopovers

    Guangzhou will join Beijing and Shanghai in granting visa-free stopovers to Australian travellers from August 1st this year. Under new transit permit rules to be introduced later this year, passport holders of Australia and 44 other countries can enjoy a visa-free visit for up to 72 hours p...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2013 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific adds fifth daily Hong Kong-London flight

    Cathay Pacific will boost flights between Hong Kong and the UK next month with the debut of a fifth daily service to Heathrow. The move not only capitalises on growth on the Hong Kong - London route but should help Cathay tap Australian travellers looking for alternative ways to reach London fol...

    POSTED 23 May, 2013 3 Comments

  • China Southern: Airbus A380 flights from Sydney in October

    China Southern will launch its flagship Airbus A380 on Sydney-Guangzhou flights from October 27. The superjumbo will slot into the daily CZ325/326 service, which departs Sydney at 9.50am to reach Guangzhou at 5.30pm. Further down the track Sydney is also tipped to see China Southern's Boeing 78...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

  • Qatar to restart Boeing 787

    Qatar Airways aims to bring the Boeing 787 Dreamliner back to Australian skies, resurrecting the plans for a daily Perth-Doha service plus a 787 spin on the Kangaroo Route which will let passengers fly Boeing’s next-gen jetliner all the way through to London. Qatar cancelled the launch of ...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

  • Garuda to start Australia-Jakarta-London Kangaroo Route in November

    Garuda Indonesia will launch its own take on the Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, with a stopover in Jakarta, in November this year. Flights will commence on November 2nd and are now open for bookings. Garuda's brand new Boeing 777-300ER jet – featuring First, Execut...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

  • The other Kangaroo Routes: eight one-hop ways to get to London

    Qantas' decades-old Kangaroo Route to London via Singapore is now history, with the Qantas-Emirates alliance anointing Dubai as the new stopover. It's a win for travellers heading to UK and European destinations other than London. With some 30 European cities just a single Emirate...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2013 30 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines upgrades all Australian flights to Airbus A330

    IN BRIEF | Malaysia Airlines is now operating its latest Airbus A330-300 jets on all routes between Australia and Kuala Lumpur. The culmination of dual fleet and network overhauls for MAS has seen the airline remove both the Boeing 747 and 777 from Australian operations in favour of standar...

    POSTED 2 Apr, 2013 7 Comments

  • Qantas stopover cities: Singapore rates ahead of Dubai, Hong Kong

    Australian travellers rate Singapore above Dubai and Hong Kong as the most popular transit point or stopover city for flights to Europe, according to Qantas. Singapore has long been the pivot point for Qantas' Kangaroo Route from Sydney and Melbourne through to London, but as of March 31st those...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2013 26 Comments

  • Reviewed: Finnair from Europe via Asia on the "Reindeer Route"

    With the Qantas-Emirates tie-up due in April, Australians who don't want to fly to Europe via Dubai, or who will be left with Emirates' uncompetitive angled lie-flat seats on the 14+ hour flight to the Gulf, are hunting for other options. The only remaining Europe-bound non-Emirates arrangement ...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2013 26 Comments

  • Forget the kangaroo with Finnair's Reindeer Route via Helsinki

    If you're looking for a new option to get to Europe to replace the traditional one-hop Kangaroo Route, Qantas' oneworld partner Finnair thinks it has an appropriately seasonal answer: the Reindeer Route via its modern, efficient hub in Helsinki. The idea is that you fly Qantas to Singapore, Hong...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2012 14 Comments

  • BA's Sydney 'Kangaroo Route' gets new Boeing 777, shifts to Heathrow T5

    British Airways is upgrading its Sydney-London service, in a move which the airline says underscores its commitment to the historic UK-Australia Kangaroo Route. From March 30th 2013, a new Boeing 777-300ER will replace the Boeing 747-400 on the daily BA15/BA16 flight via Singapore...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2012 16 Comments

  • British Airways confirms London-Singapore-Sydney 'Kangaroo Route'

    British Airways has pledged to continue flying the Sydney-Singapore-London route, in the face of speculation that it would abandon flights to Australia after its joint-venture partnership with Qantas concludes in March 2013. “British Airways is very proud of its long history...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2012 10 Comments

  • MAS axes Airbus A380 for Sydney, Melbourne, boosts London & Paris

    Malaysia Airlines has cancelled its planned Airbus A380 services to Sydney and Melbourne in favour of boosting superjumbo flights to Europe. The A380 was set to begin daily Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flights from November 26 this year, with Melbourne tipped to follow from March 1. Both Austr...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2012 12 Comments

  • China Southern considers Airbus A380 for Sydney-London

    China Southern is looking to bring the Airbus A380 onto its Sydney-London service, with the superjumbo flying both legs of the 'Canton Route' from Sydney to Guangzhou and then onwards to London. The airline's president and CEO Mr Tan Wangeng, said this could be tied to the introduction of a thir...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2012 8 Comments

  • China Southern keen on Qantas or Virgin Australia alliance

    China Southern’s CEO says he is keen on forming an alliance with either Qantas or Virgin Australia as part of the airline’s continues growth in both the Australian and global market. “China Southern is very interested in this regard” said China Southern chief Tan Wan...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2012 6 Comments

  • Sydney to London on a Boeing 787? Yes, says China Southern

    China Southern will introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on flights between Sydney and London, in a move which could see the airline trump Qantas for the Dreamliner's commercial debut in Australian skies. Making this popular but long-haul journey on Boeing's next-jen jetliner would be an appealin...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2012 6 Comments

  • China Southern's Sydney-London 'Canton Route' daily from October

    China Southern will boost its Sydney-London 'Canton Route' to daily flights from October 28. The uptick to daily frequency for the service, which debuted in June as a three-times-weekly route, will help China Southern continue to win over business travellers in this twist on the t...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2012 4 Comments

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