After an almost five year hiatus, QANTAS will once again offer a First Class service to Singapore from tomorrow, 04 March 2018 with the resumption of A380 operated flights from Sydney. When the A380 flights to London were re-routed via Dubai as a consequence of the Emirates alliance, it also signaled the end of First
After an almost five year hiatus, QANTAS will once again offer a First Class service to Singapore from tomorrow, 04 March 2018 with the resumption of A380 operated flights from Sydney. When the A380 flights to London were re-routed via Dubai as a consequence of the Emirates alliance, it also signaled the end of First Class service when the new dedicated Singapore flights began using A330s and 747s. It also marks the return of QANTAS First Class service to Asia for the first time since 29 September 2014 when First Class service was dropped from the Sydney – Hong Kong service. This was its sole remaining Asian route to offer First.
The re-introduction of the four cabin A380 to Singapore also means QANTAS passengers have access to Premium Economy, which is not offered on the current A330 operated flights. This brings the airline in alignment with Singapore Airlines and British Airways in offering a four cabin product on services from Australia to Singapore.
A380 Asia schedules
Initially the A380 will operate daily Sydney – Singapore on the QF81/QF82 flights from 04 March until 24 March, after which these flights will revert back to A330 services. From 25 March, A380 flights QF1/2 will operate Sydney – Singapore – London. The afternoon QF5/QF6 Sydney – Singapore flight number will be retired. Also from this date dedicated A380 services from Melbourne to Singapore will also resume for the QF35/QF36 flights. These flights will offer First as well. A second daily A330 service will also be maintained for these city pairs for the QF37/QF38 flights.
Seasonal A380 service from Sydney to Hong Kong continues to operate during high demand peak periods, however there is no First Class service. The First cabin is sold as a Business Class service with seating reserved and assigned to the airline’s top tier frequent flyers. In the event the A380 was to become a permanent service to Hong Kong, there may be the possibility of once again offering a First Class service if the demand warrants it. This could be a point of differentiation with Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia and Hong Kong Airlines, none of which offer a First Class product on services from Australia to Hong Kong.