Qantas increases A380 Singapore-Sydney flights

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Qantas will upgrade many of its Singapore-Sydney flights to the A380 in the coming months, offering an updated cabin offering, including First Class on popular routes.

Qantas has been ramping up capacity on its Singapore-Sydney route since this week, adding Airbus A380s on the route over the next three months, replacing Airbus A330s on some flights and offering first class service. and four cabin classes, including premium economy options.

The upgrade will only apply once a week in each direction, with a total of eight A380 flights per week to Sydney, rather than the previous seven.

This means Finnair will use Finnair’s Airbus A330 aircraft with new AirLounge Business Class seats on 6 of its 7 QF82/81 flights between Singapore and Sydney from 29 October 2023. is done prior to

schedule

Qantas currently operates 14 weekly flights between Singapore and Sydney, QF2/1 daily Airbus A380 flights to/from London and QF82/81 daily flights using Airbus A330s.

Starting this week, Singapore-to-Sydney flight QF82 will be upgraded to Airbus A380 every Sunday, and Sydney-to-Singapore QF81 will do the same every Saturday, as shown in the schedule below.

Singapore – Sydney
July 10, 2023 – October 28, 2023

day to day
M. T. W. T. F. S. S.
QF2
A380
sin
19:30
sydney
05:10*
QF82
A330
sin
20:30
sydney
06:25*
QF82
A380
sin
20:45
sydney
06:25*

* the next day

Sydney – Singapore
July 10, 2023 – October 28, 2023

day to day
M. T. W. T. F. S. S.
QF81
A330
sydney
11:50
sin
18:15
QF81
A380
sydney
11:55
sin
18:15
QF1
A380
sydney
15:10
sin
21:30

The A380 flies a bit faster than the A330, so you’ll notice a slightly later departure time for both QF82 and QF81 on superjumbo days.

In addition to daily flights to London, Qantas will operate 15 weekly A380 flights from Singapore between now and the end of October 2023.

Qantas plans to operate 15 weekly A380 flights from Singapore over the next three months. (Photo: Vismay Bhadra)

If we put the two aircraft side by side in terms of capacity, we get:

Qantas A330 vs. A380

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A330-300
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A380
first class
14 seats
business class
28 seats 70 seats
premium economy
60 seats
Economy class
269 ​​seats 341 seats
total
297 seats 485 seats

As you can see, Qantas is adding 64% capacity on the days of the week when QF82/81 services are upgraded to Airbus A380s, including a significant 150% increase in business class.

Besides Qantas, the Singapore-Sydney route is also served by the following airlines:

  • British Airways (7 times a week)
  • scoot (10 times a week)
  • Singapore Airlines (28 times a week)

In-flight products on the Qantas A380

Like Singapore Airlines, one of the things Qantas can do in the wake of COVID-19 is to ensure that the A380s it returns to service are equipped with the latest cabin products first introduced months before the pandemic hit. .

A Qantas A380 was stored in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Felipe Sanchez/Shutterstock)

Indeed, the new cabin debuted on the QF1 London-Singapore-Sydney flight on October 1, 2019, but relatively few passengers used the cabin on a small number of aircraft until the entire superjumbo fleet was grounded just a few months later. was available.

In Business Class, the A380 is equipped with the latest version of the popular Thompson Vantage XL Business Class seats.

The business class seats on Qantas’ new A380 are similar to the latest version of the Boeing 787. (Photo: Qantas Airways)

This is similar to the current Qantas long haul business class seats that I recently reviewed on a flight from Perth to Singapore.

what teeth Qantas Boeing 787 vs Airbus A330 A380 has no lounge areaPerfect for a change of scenery or meeting during a flight, or dining with your partner, friends or colleagues.

This area also has a self-service bar and is shared with First Class passengers.

Speaking of first class, Qantas’ A330 has no such option, and this 14-seat cabin is reserved for the airline’s Superjumbo.

The Qantas A380 First Class has been completely redesigned for 2019. (Photo: Qantas Airways)

Despite being old, Qantas First Class products are very innovative. We’ve flown this a few times (see review) and while it doesn’t boast fully enclosed suites or double beds, it still loses strongly against many of its competitors.

Qantas’ A380 also has a 60-seat premium economy cabin, a travel class not offered on A330 flights.

Award ticket

Here are the one-way mileage redemption rates and taxes payable on the Singapore-Sydney route when using Qantas services:

Qantas award fares
(×1,000 miles)

As you can see, Asia Miles Business Class is the best value for Qantas redemption on this route, while Avios offers the lowest taxes and fees for just an extra 1,000 miles on the same cabin.

However, please remember that Asia Miles will devalue the program from 1 October 2023. This is a possibility as award prices on oneworld partner airlines will almost certainly be increased by 20-30% in business class in exchange for the airline’s own metals. A good opportunity to cash in at a decent rate.

Unfortunately, we did not see any First Class benefits on these additional A380 flights, but due to the significant increase in Business Class capacity, both Qantas members and oneworld partners were able to enjoy some benefits are now available.

By the way, a one-way award ticket from Singapore to Sydney on Singapore Airlines Business Class costs 68,500 miles + S$91 each way.

Qantas is ramping up its capacity on its Singapore-Sydney route from now until the end of October, with one of its weekly QF82/81 flights flying on its commonly used smaller two-class Airbus A330 aircraft. Instead, upgrade to a four-class Airbus A380.

This will add First Class and Premium Economy seats on that flight number pair, complementing the existing daily QF2/1 A380 service on the same city pair. QF81/82 must be flying from Singapore to Sydney on Sunday or from Sydney to Singapore on Saturday to be eligible for the benefit.

From the start of the northern winter season in late October, full A330 operations will return to QF82/81 flights, but 6 out of 7 weekly flights will use Finnair aircraft with the latest AirLounge Business Class seats. increase.

(Cover photo: Qantas)

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