Travellers making return trips from Hong Kong to Sydney can book reduced Qantas first class fares for trips taking place between December 2018 and March 2019, when the Australian carrier plans to fly its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft on the route.
As previously reported by Business Traveller, Qantas plans to fly its superjumbo between Hong Kong and Sydney from December 1 to March 28 on one of its two daily flights (QF127/QF128). This will be followed by the deployment of the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on the route for six days a week from March 30 onwards.
At the time of writing, return first class fares on the route can be picked up from HK$34,349 (US$4,391) and up, based on Qantas’s official website. By way of comparison, return business class fares start at HK$20,499 (US$2,620) inclusive of taxes and fees. Reduced fares are available for booking until October 31 inclusive.
Qantas outfits its A80s with 14 individual first class suites, arranged in a 1-1-1 layout. Passengers are provided with the airline’s signature bedding down service, complete with Sheridan bedding, a pillow menu and 100 per cent cotton woven throw, duvet and memory foam mattress.
On the F&B front, Qantas’s in-flight menu has been developed with Australian chef Neil Parry with taster menus and a la carte options available.
Qantas is set to begin refitting its A380s next year in order to add more premium seating, specifically six extra business class seats and 25 more premium economy seats. The first class cabin is not expected to be changed.
All 12 of the airline’s A380s are expected to feature the new layout by the end of 2020.