Go back a decade or two, ask a dozen Aussie travellers how they'd likely fly to London and the odds are good that 'Qantas' and 'Singapore' would both rank highly in their answers.
That's with good reason: the traditional Kangaroo Route to London via Singapore, which Qantas pioneered, has long been the backbone of our travel habits.
Hong Kong and Bankok were popular alternatives, and made for appealingly different stopovers compared to the sanitised and anodyne nature of Singapore
Qantas will still fly you to London via those cities – as long as you don't mind changing to a BA flight halfway through - but Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic can take you all the way.
And there are other contenders for your Kangaroo Route dollar.
China Southern recently launched its cleverly-named Canton Route from Sydney to London via Guangzhou, with business class fares as low as $5800 return, and already aims to boost the three-times a week service to a daily frequency by early 2013. [Update: the service will go daily from October 28.]
Other Asian airlines also use their hubs for AU-to-UK hops, of course.
Singapore Airlines will add a fourth daily flight from Singapore to Heathrow in September, and from late November Malaysia Airlines will bolster its current Sydney to London via Kuala Lumpur services with MAS' new Airbus A380 running both legs.
Now add in the hugely competitive middle-eastern carriers, especially Emirates and Virgin Australia partner Etihad, and you can see why the traditional Kangaroo Route has lost its long-assumed primacy among Aussie business travellers.
Do you still favour the Kangaroo Route with its Singapore stop-over? Or has some other route, and some other airline, won your business – and if so, why?
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