Qantas will restart Airbus A380 flights between London Heathrow and Sydney, via Singapore, from Sunday 19 June 2022.
Since Qantas restarted international flights between London and Australia last year, all flights to Sydney and Melbourne have operated non-stop between the UK and Australia via Darwin.
Qantas will also restart non-stop flights between London Heathrow and Perth from this date. This flight will continue to Melbourne.
As ever, this is subject to change. Readers can keep to date with the latest international network changes from Qantas.
Qantas’ Refurbished Airbus A380
In restarting flights to Sydney via Singapore, Qantas will operate refurbished Airbus A380 aircraft on all flights from London.
The refurbishment programme was planned before COVID-19. Indeed, the first refurbished aircraft was completed shortly before Qantas grounded its A380 fleet.
These aircraft feature new, and larger, business and premium economy cabins. There is also a refurbished lounge for business and First Class passengers on the upper deck.
The 14 seat First Class cabin on the lower deck has been “refreshed” with a new colour scheme and seat cushioning.
Seats also benefit from larger in flight entertainment screens and at seat power. The A380 is currently the only Qantas aircraft to feature First Class following the retirement of the Boeing 747.
Should Qantas ultimately order Ultra Long Range Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, this is expected to feature a First Class cabin.
On the upper deck, Qantas’ Business Suite, as featured on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, replaces the SkyBed.
As is now standard in long haul business class, this seat provides direct aisle access for all passengers in an alternating 1-2-1 configuration.
Qantas has fitted an entirely new and larger premium economy cabin.
This is the same seat that features on Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It is based on a prototype developed by Thomson Aerospace and customised by designer David Caon.
The seat is wider than the previous A380 premium economy seat. It benefits from improved support when in recline, as well as a personal LED light and more at seat storage options.
The premium economy cabin is situated on the upper deck, behind business class.
The economy cabin, now located solely on the main deck, has been refreshed with a new colour scheme and improved at seat entertainment and at seat power.
Upper Deck Lounge Area
The upper deck lounge area for business and First Class passengers is completely refurbished.
It features booth style seating for up to 10 passengers, wood panelled walls and ambient lighting.
Passengers can order food and drink from the menu or use a self-service bar.
Self service bar areas are also available on the aircraft for economy and premium economy passengers.
For passengers travelling between London and Sydney, Qantas has reopened its international business and First Class lounges in Sydney.
Qantas’ international business lounge at Singapore Changi is open. Qantas’ First Class lounge at the airport is expected to reopen by June.
Qantas international business and First Class lounges in Melbourne have reopened. Its international business lounge in Perth is expected to reopen by June. The international transit lounge in Perth has reopened.
The opening hours of Qantas’ London Heathrow lounge are extended to 07:30 to 21:30.
London – Singapore – Sydney
Flight QF2 Depart London Heathrow 21:05 – Arrive Singapore 17:25
Flight QF2 Depart Singapore 19:30 – Arrive Sydney 05:10
Flight QF1 Depart Sydney 15:55 – Arrive Singapore 22:15
Flight QF1 Depart Singapore 23:45 – Arrive London Heathrow 06:35
London – Perth – Melbourne
Flight QF10 Depart London Heathrow 11:55 – Arrive Perth 11:40
Flight QF10 Depart Perth 13:10 – Arrive Melbourne 18:40
Flight QF9 Depart Melbourne 15:15 – Arrive Perth 17:15
Flight QF9 Depart Perth 18:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 05:05