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Qantas reveals schedule changes ahead of Emirates partnership

4 Oct 2012 by ReggieHo

As reported by Business Traveller Middle East, Qantas formally announced plans on September 6 (click here for the story) to start a 10-year global partnership with Emirates when its 17-year joint business with IAG/British Airways terminates on March 31, 2013. It has today revealed schedule changes reflecting that major shift, which involves changing its gateway hub to Europe from Singapore to Dubai.

According to the announcement by the Australian flag carrier, although the proposed Qantas-Emirates partnership still requires approval from Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), these revised flight times do not involve coordination between airlines and are, therefore, not affected by the approval process.

Although the number of Qantas flights from Australia to Singapore will be slashed from next April onwards, flight times will be adjusted for better onwards connections within Asia. A morning Sydney-Singapore flight, QF81, will be introduced, leaving at 0940 for a 1600 arrival. It will be operated by an A330. The return leg, QF82, then will leave Singapore at 2015 for a 0605.

QF81 operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday, and via Adelaide on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The QF5/6 Sydney-Singapore-Frankfurt services will remain, at least until the Singapore-Frankfurt leg is axed after October 26.

That means that direct flights between Sydney and Singapore will be reduced from twice daily to 11 weekly.

The seven Melbourne-Singapore services, QF35, will depart at an earlier slot of 1340 instead of 1530 or 1630, and touch down at 1920. The return leg QF36 is to leave at 2135 to arrive at 0655 the next day. The aircraft used will be a B747.

Sydney-Singapore-London and Melbourne-Singapore-London flights, as previously announced, will stop over in Dubai instead of Singapore. There will no longer be Qantas flights between Singapore and London but codeshare services with British Airways.

For the full new schedule, which is still subject to regulatory approval, please see below.

* Daylight Saving Time variance of +1 hour applies to the above departure times between 31 March 2013 to 6 April 2013 and 6 October 2013 to 26 October 2013.

 

* Daylight Saving Time variance of +1 hour applies to the above departure times between 31 March 2013 to 6 April 2013 and 6 October 2013 to 26 October 2013.

Visit www.qantas.com.au

Reggie Ho

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