A stopover in Singapore, Dubai or Perth? Those are the ample options now available to Qantas passengers flying from Australia to Europe.
Qantas has announced it is rerouting its Sydney to London A380 service through Singapore instead of Dubai following a renewed five-year alliance with Emirates.
The existing daily Qantas Sydney to London A380 service will be rerouted via Singapore and the daily A330 service to Singapore from Melbourne is being upgraded to an A380, effective March 25.
The deal means Qantas passengers who wish to fly via Dubai can do so aboard one of the 77 weekly services operated by Emirates from Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
The move gives Qantas passengers bound for Europe three route options: via Singapore, Dubai or Perth.
The Perth option on the new 787 Dreamliner also comes into effect in March 2018, with tickets now on sale for all three routes.
Of the Qantas-Emirates relationship, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says, “Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.
“Improvements in aircraft technology mean the Qantas network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Australia and Europe, but this will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our customers.”