4 February 2013 © David Eyre
Qantas has today announced the first phase of changes to its international network, following approval of the the partnering arrangement with Emirates, including a reduction in Qantas international services from Perth.
- Perth-Hong Kong (QF67/68) service will be cancelled from 31 March 2013
- Perth-Singapore service (currently twice daily) will be reduced to one flight per day (QF77/78) from 15 April 2013. That flight will be retimed for better connection to onwards flights in Asia while also making a same-day return into Perth. QF77 will leave Perth at 09:50 (instead of 11:55) for arrival into Singapore at 15:20, and then return to Perth as QF78 for a 23:30 arrival.
Qantas has planned their international changes to be rolled out in four phases:
- Stronger links to the key hubs of Singapore and Hong Kong (better frequency and timings as well as increased dedicated capacity)
- Enhanced customer experience (improvements to cabin, in-flight entertainment, lounges)
- Expanded network within Asia through local partners (such as Japan Airlines, China Eastern, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines)
- Investigating an increase in destinations to Asia using the Qantas Group’s B787-9 options from 2016, coinciding with the turnaround of Qantas International (direct destinations under consideration include Beijing, Seoul, Mumbai, Delhi and Tokyo-Haneda).
Qantas is also considering adding lie-flat beds in Business Class on its international A330 fleet.