Qantas to ax Melbourne-Dubai-London flights

Qantas to ax Melbourne-Dubai-London flights
Ground staff load aircraft owned by the Australian national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd at Sydney Airport in Australia, in this February 12, 2017 photo. (Reuters)
Updated 27 April 2017

Qantas to ax Melbourne-Dubai-London flights

Qantas to ax Melbourne-Dubai-London flights

SYDNEY: Australian national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday said it would ax its Melbourne-Dubai-London flights operated in partnership with Emirates and switch the capacity to Asia when it launches non-stop Perth-London flights next year.
The move is part of a strategy of cutting the journey time to London to gain an edge and pricing premium over the two dozen rivals offering one-stop flights on the so-called Kangaroo route.
Qantas will charge a premium of as much as 48 percent in economy class and 62 percent in business class relative to one-stop rivals like Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines on the Perth-London route in return for saving three hours of travel time, according to online price comparisons.
Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce has said his airline could be operating non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London within five years as Airbus SE and Boeing Co. introduce longer-range aircraft.
The 17-hour Perth-London flight on a Boeing 787-9 will originate and end in Melbourne and will not be subject to heightened security checks for Middle Eastern flights as a result.
It will cut more than an hour off the flying time from Melbourne to London relative to the current route through Dubai, Qantas said in a statement.
Sydney-Dubai-London will be the Australian airline’s only flight operating through the Emirates hub once the change takes place in March. Qantas’s capacity to London will fall as a result of the switch to a 787 from a larger A380.
Two A380s that had been serving the Melbourne-Dubai-London route would be redeployed to meet periods of high demand from Melbourne and Sydney to destinations in Asia, such as Singapore and Hong Kong, a Qantas spokeswoman said.