Qantas resumes international flights from Perth

VH-XZP Boeing 737-838(W) (MSN 44577) of Qantas at Perth Airport – 26 June 2015
VH-XZP Boeing 737-838(W) (MSN 44577) of Qantas at Perth Airport – 26 June 2015
Qantas resumed services on the Perth – Singapore route on 26 June with retro roo Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP operating the 5 times per week QF71- QF72 rotation.” Regular Qantas services between Perth and Singapore were terminated on 11 May 2014, though some seasonal services operated during the 2014 July school holidays.
Photo © Allan Tilley.
VH-XZP Boeing 737-838(W) (MSN 44577) of Qantas at Perth Airport – 26 June 2015
VH-XZP Boeing 737-838(W) (MSN 44577) of Qantas at Perth Airport – 26 June 2015
Qantas resumed services on the Perth – Singapore route on 26 June with retro roo Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP operating the 5 times per week QF71- QF72 rotation.” Regular Qantas services between Perth and Singapore were terminated on 11 May 2014, though some seasonal services operated during the 2014 July school holidays.
Photo © Allan Tilley.

26 June 2015 – Copyright © David Eyre

Qantas resumed regularly scheduled Qantas international flights from Perth, with the departure today of flight QF71 to Singapore, operated by Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP ‘James Strong’, which has the special ‘Retro Roo’ livery.

QF71 departed with a full passenger load just after midday and the aircraft was given a water cannon salute by fire crews as it taxied out.

Qantas had ceased operating regular international flights from Perth on 11 May 2014, with the final Perth-Singapore-Perth service operated by Airbus A330-200 VH-EBI. The route had been controversially dropped due to “under-performing”. A temporary Singapore service with A330s operated during July 2014.

QF71/72 operates five times per week using 168-seat Boeing 737-800s, but if demand increases, then it could be up scaled to an A330. The departs Perth at midday and arrives in Singapore at 5.20pm, with the return flight departing Singapore at 6.25pm, arriving into Perth at 11.40pm.

Singapore is the second largest source of foreign visitors to Perth. About 80,000 Singapore visitors travelled to WA between September 2013 and September 2014, spending a total of $193 million around the state.

More than 50 flights per week operate between Perth and Singapore. Singapore Airlines, Scoot and Jetstar Asia also operate on the route.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

One thought on “Qantas resumes international flights from Perth

  • June 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    Love the old skool look.
    Would like to have seen Travolta’s B707 – in the same livery, do the honours, though.
    Likely, he would have loved it, so long as QF paid the kero bill.

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