Following the news today that Qantas is to fly direct from London Heathrow to Perth from Sunday 25 March 2018, Qantas has also confirmed it is to also withdraw its service from London Heathrow to Melbourne via Dubai, operated with the Airbus A380.
Instead, passengers wishing to travel between London and Melbourne courtesy of Qantas can either fly on an Emirates codeshare service with a change of aircraft in Dubai.
Alternatively passengers can connect on to Qantas’ non-stop Boeing 787-900 service between London Heathrow and Perth which will ultimately originate and terminate in Melbourne.
Clearly, Qantas has ambitions to turn Perth into a hub for direct flights to Europe. However, it has yet to be proven whether passengers bound for Melbourne and other Australian cities will accept a stopover in Perth over Asia or the Middle East.
It is a little disappointing that Qantas has not sought to add services to London. This has clearly been done to maximise the efficiency of the use of its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft which will be redeployed on services between Australia and Asia. However, it does have two London Heathrow slot pairs on loan to British Airways which can recalled for additional flights should there be market demand.
QF9 & QF10 Schedule up to Saturday 24 March 2018
Flight QF10 Depart London Heathrow 13:30 – Arrive Dubai 23:35
Flight QF10 Depart Dubai 01:35 – Arrive Melbourne 20:55
Flight QF9 Depart Melbourne 22:55 – Arrive Dubai 07:05
Flight QF9 Depart Dubai 09:05 – Arrive London Heathrow 14:10
QF9 & QF10 Schedule from Sunday 25 March 2018
Flight QF9 Depart London Heathrow 13:30 – Arrive Perth 13:15
Flight QF9 Depart Perth 14:45 – Arrive Melbourne 20:20
Flight QF10 Depart Melbourne 15:20 – Arrive Perth 17:20
Flight QF10 Depart Perth 18:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 05:10