Qantas will route its daily Sydney-London A380 service via Singapore from 25 March 2018, it was announced as Qantas and Emirates prepare to apply for an extension of their partnership for another five years. This partnership saw that Qantas annualised net benefit was estimated at more than A$80 million from FY19 onwards.
Qantas will maintain a second daily service between Singapore and Sydney using an A330 aircraft. In addition, Qantas will upgrade its existing 10 weekly Melbourne-Singapore A330 services to a double daily service operated by a combination of A380 and A330 aircraft.
Qantas’ A380s will undergo a cabin refurbishment in the second quarter of calendar 2019, with the 12 aircraft to feature new business class and premium economy seats, a refreshed first cabin and new cushions and fabrics in economy. From March 2018, Qantas will operate 49 weekly services in total to Australia and London from Singapore with a total of over 17,600 one-way seats each week.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The first five years of the Qantas-Emirates alliance has been a great success… Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore.
“Improvements in aircraft technology means the Qantas network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Australian and Europe, but this will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our customers.”
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “The Emirates-Qantas partnership has been, and continues to be, a success story. Together we deliver choice and value to consumers, mutual benefit to both businesses, and expanded tourism and trade opportunities for the markets served by both airlines… We see an opportunity to offer customers an even stronger product proposition for travel to Dubai, and onward connectivity to our extensive network in Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
Customers with existing bookings impacted by the changes will be re-accommodated onto the airlines’ new services or will be given the option to change their flights.