British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 23 Mar 2018
Total posts 32
I see Qantas are putting the A380 on the SYD/HKG route (QF127/128) from 4th December until the end of March 2020. This is the same as what they have done in previous years during the peak travel season. Does anyone know if they are selling first class on these flights this year or are allowing top tier frequent flyers to select “business” seats in the first class section?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Jul 2013
Total posts 66
Have you tried doing a dummy booking and see if you can select the F seats?
Member since 30 Jul 2015
Total posts 52
I gave it a go myself and yes first class is being sold.
Thanks. Just tried to do a dummy booking again but you can only book flights from 12th December onwards (despite the A380 starting the route on 4th).
On a different note, I’m actually surprised they have a spare A380 to put onto this route this year what with the refurbishment schedule.
Member since 26 May 2014
Total posts 295
Since QF 9/10 moved to 787s, the A380s are under-utilised. The long haul routes to LAX, DFW and LHR only need 9 out of the fleet of 12.
Member since 01 Apr 2014
Total posts 6
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
There is usually a gap in heavy maintenance over Dec/Jan to allow for the summer schedule
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 11 Dec 2016
Total posts 65
What I'm surprised about at the moment though is there used to be a 747 running year round when the 380 wasn't scheduled. In addition to the 330 that is also always scheduled.
Since the 747 was dropped to the 787, the 330 continues as before, but the overall capacity Sydney - hk is quite reduced overall in the off peak parts of the year.
I thought the 747 was mostly relatively full when I flew it on this trip though.
Could this be the addition of the Virgin flights taking some of the excess capacity that Qantas used to have on this route??
Member since 01 Nov 2016
Total posts 140
Originally Posted by born2fish
Agree with the next A380 into Asia. I suspect it will be Tokyo as the 747s one by one come offline completely in 2020.
There's logically extra traffic to Tokyo with the Olympics looming next year so I would think the A380 would be used leading to that as a replacement for the 747 and afterwards at least. Although it's debateable how much extra capacity is needed for the Olympics from Australia anyway I don't recall much extra capacity was added for other Olympics in the past besides the chartered flights for the athletes themselves.
Still it's a possible consideration though.
A380 would have to go to Narita though. Hanaeda is too crowded. Also qf has their own lounge at Narita and not Hanaeda. So makes sense to keep it all based there.
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