Qantas alters Asia network

Retiming SYD/HKG, upgauging PER/SIN

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Qantas is retiming one of its two daily Sydney–Hong Kong services, which will see it retimed to depart Sydney in the evening, offering customers a choice of either a morning or evening departure from the NSW capital.

Effective 31 March, the retimed flight QF117 from Sydney will operate overnight and arrive into Hong Kong the next morning. The change will provide more options for onward connections to other destinations in Asia with Qantas’ codeshare partners, including new codeshare partner, Cathay Pacific.

As previously announced, QF127/128 will also be operated using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner six days a week. Hong Kong is the first destination in Asia to receive the Qantas Dreamliner, featuring spacious cabin layout and next-generation seating.

Sydney–Hong Kong schedule

Route Flight Departure Arrival Aircraft Frequency
SYD-HKG QF127 1120^ 1800 B787/A330 Daily
SYD-HKG QF117 2220^ 0500(+1) A330 Daily
HKG-SYD QF128 2000 0825(+1) B787/A330 Daily
HKG-SYD QF118 2235 1100(+1) A330 Daily

Disclaimer: ^Daylight savings time. From 3 April 2019, the departure and arrival times will shift back by an hour.

Perth–Singapore service

In July, Qantas moved to a daily A330-200 flight on the Perth–Singapore schedule for QF71/72, in lieu of a twice-daily Boeing 737. QF71/72 will continue to operate daily with an A330-200 from 31 March 2019, offering the airline’s new Business Suite and refurbished cabin interiors. Flights QF77/78 will no longer operate.

Perth–Singapore schedule

Route Flight Departure Arrival Aircraft Frequency
PER-SIN QF71 1150 1720 A330 Daily
SIN-PER QF72 1840 2350 A330 Daily

Customers holding existing bookings for travel from 31 March 2019 who are impacted by the changes will be rebooked and provided with their new flight details.

Upgauges for Hong Kong and Singapore

Qantas will also operate larger aircraft on selected flights to Singapore and Hong Kong over coming months as part of the current season’s schedule.

From now until 30 March 2019, QF71 and QF72 Perth to Singapore services will continue to be operated by the Qantas A330 rather than the Qantas 737.

From 1 December to 30 March 2019, QF127 and QF128 services from Sydney to Hong Kong usually operated by the Qantas A330 will be operated by the Qantas A380, including QF’s First cabin.

First in its class
Customers can fly in Qantas’ award-winning A380 First cabin, featuring Marc Newson-designed suites fitted with a flatbed and accompanied by dual layer window shades and privacy screens. With an additional leather seat and large dining table for two, customers can invite a guest to join them and enjoy an inflight dining experience with Neil Perry’s Rockpool-designed menu. All dishes use seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally or from surrounding regions.

A suite experience
Qantas’ A380 aircraft offers maximum comfort to passengers travelling in Business, with Marc Newson-designed suites crafted to enhance the inflight experience. The Business Suite is fitted with the award-winning fully flat Skybed to allow maximum rest during the flight. Customers can also enjoy Neil Perry’s Rockpool-designed menu from the comfort of their spacious suite. As an added bonus, they will also enjoy the luxury of a private Business Lounge area on the upper deck featuring magazines and an LCD TV, or the Skybar, which is stocked with refreshments.

A new level of comfort in Economy
Qantas’ award-winning Premium Economy and Economy cabins both feature Marc Newson-designed Recaro seats. This next-generation seat is designed with built-in lumbar support, an adjustable headrest, a netted footrest and seat recline capabilities, crafted to maximise comfort.

Lead image © Medhi Nazarinia

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