Qantas will run non-stop Boeing 787 flights to Paris, Frankfurt

The unusual circumstances of Covid-19 will see Qantas temporarily boost direct flights from Australia to Europe.

By David Flynn, November 27 2020
Qantas will run non-stop Boeing 787 flights to Paris, Frankfurt

Ever since Qantas began non-stop Boeing 787 flights from Perth to London in March 2018, the airline has talked up and teased the possibility of Paris and Frankfurt joining that ultra-longhaul list.

Now, in circumstances that nobody ever expected, the two European cities will briefly become a de facto part of Qantas' 'Dreamliner direct' network.

Qantas is launching another round of repatriation flights across December 2020-January 2021 to bring home some of the many thousands of Australians still stranded in the UK and Europe.

Those flights, arranged in conjunction with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), will depart from London, Paris and Frankfurt.

But while DFAT is helping to co-ordinate the passage of Australians flying from those cities, Qantas remains free to sell commercial fares on each flight's outbound leg from Australia.

"As the national carrier, we're proud to operate selected flights on behalf of the Australian Federal Government to bring more people home during this unprecedented time," the airline says.

Although most Australian residents require government permission to travel overseas, a range of exemptions are available – although for many applicants, getting that authorisation hasn’t proven an easy task.

Read more: Australian travel ban exemptions prove easy for some, hard for too many

Qantas' special non-stop flights to Europe

Each Qantas Boeing 787-9 departs from Sydney, makes a brief stopover at Perth, and then continues all the way to its final destination.

Qantas' QF9 non-stop flight to London

  • Departs Sydney at 4.05pm on 26 December 2020, arriving London Heathrow at 5.05am on 27 December
  • Departs Sydney at 4.05pm on 12 January 2021, arriving London Heathrow at 5.05am on 13 January

Qantas' QF175 non-stop flight to Paris

  • Departs Sydney at 3.35pm on 13 December 2020, arriving Paris (Charles de Gaulle) at 6am on 14 December

Qantas' QF115 non-stop flight to Frankfurt

  • Departs Sydney at 3.45pm on 9 December 2020, arriving Frankfurt at 6.10am on 10 December

Seats on the Boeing 787 are available across all three cabin classes in business, premium economy and economy.

A spot-check on average pricing for the flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt show economy fares from around $1,300, with premium economy typically starting at $3,500 and business class from $6,500 (depending on the route).

Qantas notes that "due to the high number of passengers wanting to travel on these flights, it may not be possible to provide seat separation for all passengers, and you may be seated next to other passengers."

The airline also advises that "the inflight entertainment system will be unavailable" – so with these flights stretching to 24 hours from start to finish, passengers are advised to BYO reading material, moves and binge-worthy TV series.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 271

What’s the logic for no IFE? Cleaning requirements? Seems odd to me.

Licensing costs. All airlines have to pay studios and their IFE providers for the movies, TV shows and music on their IFE systems, and they pay a lot of money for it. With most Qantas flights grounded including all overseas flights, there's no reason for them to be paying those massive fees every month right now when Qantas like all airlines is struggling to reduce its losses.

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 241

Why has there been no stories here about the numerous Singapore Airlines repatriation flights into Canberra for example? But every second article seems to be a copy paste of the Qantas Press Room?

04 Sep 2019

Total posts 14

gota prop up the substandard aussie airlines somehow

Virgin will be in the administration pile again soon once Bain gets over shoveling money into its burner


19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

KW I think there have been two one earlier on and one last week. I suppose two is numerous but at six months apart is a stretch.


09 May 2020

Total posts 432

Qantas notes that "due to the high number of passengers wanting to travel on these flights, it may not be possible to provide seat separation for all passengers, and you may be seated next to other passengers."“

I know these are not normal flights, but at the prices of a one way outward bound flight to Pandemic ravaged EU, with restrictions on Australian residents leaving Australia, so please excuse me for thinking QF marketing is in overdrive from pandemic fever with this kinda spin.....


19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

 X Wu the target group for the outbound flights are not Australian, it is everyone else. These flights will be full.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 356

If CV has demonstrated that very large demand for repatriation of Australians is from Frankfurt, Paris &  New Delhi would not Qantas seriously consider all these cities for permanent destinations on their network post CV?

Don't overlook the fact that these are just one or two flights for passengers who have been overseas for months and struggling to get home, that's very different to a daily service. Also there are other airlines which would usually be competing with Qantas but are not flying to AU right now, such as Air India. Qantas of course has talked about flying to Paris and Frankfurt in the past but their fight with Perth saw those flights remain off the schedule. Qantas has in the past also talked about flights to India, I think most people flying between India and Australia go with Singapore Airlines?


19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

AT Paris was next on the list for the Perth connection and Frankfurt after. Perth airport and Qantas were playing hard ball and awaiting a court decision or two before next steps then COVID came along. I’m sure they will both be in the frame in 2022.

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Aug 2018

Total posts 98

OK, bring it on with an appropriate jab to keep us safe. Lack of IFE is not a problem.......just let us go after a hiatus of 11 months. Just think, David what the coffee will taste like in Paris, fabulous shopping and endless martinis. Beat you to the check - in and 1 st class lounge!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Oct 2016

Total posts 68

Fully agree OttoV !!!! But you won't beat me to check-in I'm already waiting there (fingers on the app button ready to roll)

07 Mar 2017

Total posts 51

And you're getting back how?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Jun 2012

Total posts 58

If I bring a family member over from Sydney to London/Edinburgh, will they need to quarantine here? I don't mean to sound stupid but the rules seem to change by the minute and I can't keep up.  All comments welcome. 

That's up to the UK government so you should seek their advice.

04 Sep 2019

Total posts 14

At the moment, if they arnt citizens / residents of australia. It will be virtually impossible to bring them here with the current rules.


19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Pegasus Australia is on the travel corridor list for both England and Scotland, so no home isolation.

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