Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 07 Feb 2015
Total posts 144
I've been searching for PE fares from MEL to HKG/PVG for Apr/May 2018 and noticed that there are no more weekend 747s on QF29/30. The only other PE options are either to go via SYD with QF or fly with CX. Does anyone know why QF took out PE/747 options on the Mel flights and if they are planning to bring it back? (maybe using 380s when the 787s start to arrive)
Member since 28 Aug 2014
Total posts 127
Qantas is retiring two B747's next year, followed by three more in 2019. This will leave just six B747-400ER's in the QF stable, which they currently use for North American flights. You will never see the red roo B747's on the HKG route again.The A330-300's currently used for intra-Asia flights aren't config. w/ PE, but you may see PE open up if/when they start running B787's.They're moving A380's to the Singapore route now that Qantas has axed Dubai, but haven't seen any plans to put A380's on to HKG/PVG... time will tell.My $0.02
Re: the HKG route as a whole... Qantas now prefers smaller planes (A330) flying more often, rather than one giant plane (A380) arriving infrequently.This allows them to offer more services to business travelers, who appreciate having a selection of services throughout the day to choose from. This reduces layovers from other mainland-China flights and, importantly, allows QF to compete more effectively with CX, et. al.
Member since 17 Sep 2015
Total posts 73
That said, while there's a second frequency on three days a week between MEL and SIN (compared to at least count SQ's seven days a week four flights each way), QF still doesn't offer a second MEL - HKG flight. Not much competition for CX.
Member since 10 Apr 2013
Total posts 167
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 766
In theory correct, in reality won't work for Hong Kong as they can't fly there more frequently due to slot restraints. If there is a market made for big planes, it's Hong Kong until the 3rd runway opens.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 17 Nov 2014
Total posts 78
I think Qantas possibly has been beaten by Virgin Australia on MEL-HKG route, so they see it is no longer viable to deploy B747-400 on this route?
Member since 03 Sep 2017
Total posts 26
My last SQ B747 flight was on a SIN-FRA flight, just couple of months before they retired all their B747. I must admit that I had mixed feelings during that flight. Was sad mostly, as I really like the aircraft.
Member since 12 Jun 2011
Total posts 15
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QF MEL-HKG flight No more 747s?
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