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Qantas brings its A380 back to London & announces restart of the Perth – London route


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It’s safe to say that Qantas has been one of the airlines worst hit by the chaos that the pandemic brought to world travel but with most of Australia now reopened to vaccinated travelers, it looks like the airline is getting things back to ‘normal’ as quickly as events allow.

Thanks to the mess that Covid-19 has inflicted on the world of travel, Qantas is currently operating its London Sydney route via Darwin (instead of Singapore) and is operating the route with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner instead of an Airbus A380. It also has its non-stop Perth – London route on ice.

Soon, however, that’s all set to change.

With Singapore now having dropped some (but not all) of its onerous travel restrictions and with Western Australia looking to follow the rest of the country in opening back up, Qantas has been making changes to its schedules.

Qantas updates Sydney – London Route

The schedules now show that from 19 June 2022, Qantas will go back to operating its Sydney – London route via Singapore and will do so using an Airbus A380.

This is what the currently planned schedule looks like:

QF1 SYD 15:55 – 20:15 SIN 23:45 – LHR 06:35+1 day (Daily)
QF2 LHR 21:05 – 05:25+1 day SIN 19:30+1 day – SYD 05:10+2 days (Daily)

In further good news, Executive Traveller has had confirmation (from Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO) that the A380s that will be operating this route will all be aircraft that have been upgraded with the airline’s refreshed First Class seats and its newest Business Class and Premium Economy seating.

Qantas New A380 First Class – Image courtesy of Qantas

Qantas New A380 Business Class – Image courtesy of Qantas

Qantas New A380 Premium Economy – Image courtesy of Qantas

These flights are already loaded into the airline’s systems so if you’re hoping to use miles & points to try out the Qantas A380 on a truly long journey, now is the time to get searching.

Qantas restarts Perth – London

Not only is Qantas getting its London route back to where it was before Covid shut us all down but it has put its non-stop flights between Perth and London back into the schedules as well.

Assuming no unpleasant Covid-related surprises, Qantas flyers will be able to fly non-stop from Perth to London on the following schedule from 19 June 2022:

QF9 PER 18:50 – 05:05+1 day LHR (Daily)
QF10 LHR 11:55 – 11:40+1 day PER (Daily)

As before, this route will be operated by a Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner (the only Qantas aircraft capable of flying this route non-stop) which offers a Business Class, a Premium Economy Cabin, and an Economy Class cabin in a 3-cabin configuration (no First Class).

This route is already loaded in the airline’s systems and while at the time of writing I cannot see any Business Class award availability, it may be that award seats have yet to be released.

Note: Qantas still plans to launch a 3x/week non-stop service between Perth and Rome from 22 June 2022.

Bottom line

Qantas has now updated its schedules to show that it will bring back the A380 to its Sydney – London route from 19 June and at the same time, go back to using Singapore as the route’s stopover. The updated schedules now also show that all things being equal, Qantas will restart non-stop flights between Perth and London on the same day.

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