As part of a massive restructure that will see 5000 jobs lost and orders for new planes deferred and cancelled, Qantas is also dumping and altering some flights, including direct flights between Perth and Singapore. Here’s what frequent flyers need to know.
Perth-Singapore: Qantas is cancelling flights between Perth-Singapore, effective from the beginning of July. Its daily QF77 Perth-Singapore flight (0905-1425) and QF78 (1835-2450) Singapore-Perth flight are on the chopping block. For cheaper flyers, Jetstar also flies daily.
Oddly, this means Qantas isn’t running any direct international flights with its own aircraft from Perth at all. It offers Jetstar flights to Bali and Jakarta and codeshare flights to Dubai and Johannesburg (though the latter are also apparently drawing to an end).
Smaller flights to Singapore Qantas will replace its B747 services between Sydney-Singapore and Brisbane-Singapore with smaller A330 aircraft, also in July. (So if you’re already booked on one of those flights, best to check your seat assignment.)
Timetable change for Melbourne-London. From November, Qantas will retime its Melbourne-London A380 flights to “reduce A380 ground time at Heathrow”. Currently, QF9 departs Melbourne at 1615, and arrives at Heathrow at 0510 the next day. The turnaround QF10 service leaves Heathrow at 2215. A retiming might see Qantas switch to midday departures from Heathrow, or alternatively it could leave Melbourne much later and arrive at Heathrow in the middle of the day.
From Qantas’ perspective, that frees up an additional A380. For customers, it may not be such welcome news — the flight times may be less convenient and the chances of a delay will increase, since minimal turnarounds often have a cascading effect when things go wrong. But we’ll have to wait and see.
Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman is feeling like his Frequent Flyer membership would be less use in Perth. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears each week on Lifehacker.