British Airways plans to 'rightsize' its Kangaroo Route between London and Sydney via Singapore when the airline resumes flying to Australia in 2021.
The latest update to the Oneworld member's schedule shows the Boeing 777-300ER swapped out for the smaller but more modern Boeing 787-9 as of March 28, 2021.
BA suspended flights to Sydney in April 2020 in response to national lockdowns at Australia and Singapore intended to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The British flag-carrier now lists a March 2021 restart of its London-Singapore-Sydney service from March 2021, although of course that remains subject to change.
The BA15/BA16 flights will feature the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offering passengers a more comfortable ride on the 23 hour trek – especially if they're nestled into one of BA's eight first class suites at the pointy end.
Sadly, business class retains the old Club World design, with a 2-3-2 layout adding a middle seat into the mix.
Before COVID-19 took hold, British Airways intended to begin upgrading all its Dreamliners to the newer Club Suites business class from 2022.
The Club Suite offers direct aisle access, greater personal space and a closing privacy door.
However, there's no telling how COVID-19 – which has been devastating to British Airways' revenue and cash flow – has impacted that refit plan.
Executive Traveller has approached British Airways for comment.
There's also no telling as to the shape of Australia's travel restrictions come March 2021.
All arriving passengers must currently enter a 14-day spell of hotel quarantine at their expense, while most residents of Australia are unable to leave the country without obtaining a travel exemption from the government.
Australia’s National Vaccination Policy has suggested that visitors to Australia may in future be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, although Qantas CEO Alan Joyce last week noted that "it will become a binary choice for international travellers to either get the vaccine or quarantine for two weeks. And quarantine places are very limited."
The UK will this week begin its rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is also expected to be approved by Australian health authorities in January and available from March.
Once travellers have received the two-jab regime and brandish some form of 'vaccination passport' – either as a visa-style page within their regular passport or on a specialised smartphone app – this could open up an easier resumption of travel in both directions, from the UK to Australia and vice versa.