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Qantas will fly an A380 between Melbourne and Tokyo/Narita on October 21, instead of an A330, as flights QF97 and QF80. Apparently the Tokyo-Melbourne flight QF80 is a charter flight so it's not available for booking but the Melbourne-Tokyo flight QF79 can be booked. Not as good a business class as the A330 but hey, it's an A380. Wonder if there is the option for business class passengers with Platinum or above status to preselect a seat in the first class cabin, just like there was when the A380 used to fly SYD-HKG without F being sold?
Qantas - QFF Platinum
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Member since 12 Feb 2015
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QF79 to NRT on 21 October shows up on ExpertFlyer with the first-class seats listed as business class inventory, so the answer appears most likely to be 'yes'.
Member since 24 Aug 2011
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If its rugby related, I don't understand why it is MEL. Rugby is a fringe sport in MEL, much bigger in NSW and QLD.
I agree. AsiaBiz Traveller says the absence of a QF 80 from NRT to MEL on 21 Oct is because the A380's operating a charter on the return. That's the day after the quarter-finals finish but before the semi-finals which start on the 26th. Perhaps the charter isn't going to MEL? There doesn't appear to be any similar A380 operation between MEL and NRT prior to the World Cup pool games starting or prior to the quarter-finals. Curious.
Maybe some major corp client is doing a massive junket charter, but it's still strange the charter is just one way?
Member since 07 Oct 2012
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Left field thought....Japanese Motor GP ends on the 20 Oct. The following weekend is the Australian GP @ Phillip Island. A380 put on to transport extra freight, teams / fans?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
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The whole First cabin (1-5) QF79 is available for top tier Frequent Flyers
Seems a convincing explanation.
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