Qantas Unveils Revised Asian Flight Schedules

Australian carrier Qantas has revealed its new timetable for Asian flights, focusing on business-friendly schedules and maximizing connectivity with its partners in the region. As it ramps up its alliance with Emirates, the revised strategy sees the continent regarded as a destination rather than a stopover point for European services, which will be routed via Dubai from 31 March 2013.

 

Sydney Services Reshuffled for Connectivity with Key Asian Hubs

Flight QF 023 from Sydney to Bangkok will be retimed to depart at 0940 hrs for a 1635 hrs arrival into the Thai capital. On the return leg, flight QF 024 takes off from Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 1825 hrs to land back in Sydney at 0720 hrs the next morning.

 

Qantas’ existing 11 times weekly Sydney – Hong Kong service will be reduced to daily flights, with flight QF 127 retimed to take off from Kingsford Smith International Airport at 0955 hrs, landing at Hong Kong International Airport at 1725 hrs. The aircraft turns around to operate flight QF 128, departing Hong Kong at 2015 hrs and arriving in Sydney at 0825 hrs the next day.

 

Singapore gains a new 4 times weekly (increasing to daily from 24 June 2013) service to Sydney in-place of the flagship Kangaroo Route flights. Operated by a 2-class Airbus A330-300, QF 081 will depart Sydney at 0940 hrs to arrive in Singapore at 1600 hrs, with the return QF 082 scheduled to take off from Changi International Airport at 2015 hrs and land back at Kingsford Smith International Airport at 0605 hrs the next morning.

 

New Flights and Timings in Melbourne

To allow for better connection opportunities when it arrives in Hong Kong, flight QF 029 will be retimed for a 0935 hrs departure from Melbourne to land at Hong Kong International Airport at 1710 hrs. The return flight, QF 030, takes off from Hong Kong at 2030 hrs to land back at Tullamarine International Airport at 0850 hrs the next morning.

 

Singapore’s daily QF 035 flight will be retimed to depart Melbourne at 1000 hrs from 15 April 2013, arriving in the city-state at 1555 hrs. The return service, QF 036, takes off from Changi International Airport at 2135 hrs and lands back at Tullamarine International Airport at 0655 hrs the next day.

 

Boost for Brisbane

Qantas is increasing its Brisbane – Hong Kong flights to 5 times a week in May 2013 and further to daily service in June 2013. Flight QF 097 will also be retimed to depart Brisbane International Airport at 1020 hrs and arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 1725 hrs for better onward connectivity. Returning as flight QF 098 at 2045 hrs, the Airbus A330-300 lands back in Brisbane at 0730 hrs the next morning.

 

Flight QF 051 from Brisbane to Singapore will be retimed from 15 April 2013 to take off at 1020 hrs, landing at Changi International Airport at 1605 hrs and connecting onto evening services by Jetstar and Oneworld partners Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. The return QF 052 service departs Singapore at 1955 hrs for an early morning arrival into Brisbane at 0515 hrs the next day.

 

Cutbacks for Adelaide and Perth

Adelaide loses its international connectivity on Qantas with the decision to cease the QF 081/082 service to Singapore, while Perth loses its QF 071/072 flight to Singapore and the QF 067/068 flight to Hong Kong.

 

The remaining Perth – Singapore service, QF 077, will be retimed to depart Perth at 0950 hrs and arrive in Singapore at 1520 hrs. The return flight, QF 078, takes off from Changi International Airport at 1810 hrs to land back at Perth International Airport at 2320 hrs.

 

For more information, visit www.qantas.com.au.

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