Qantas: no Sydney-Singapore-London flights “until at least April 2022”

The Kangaroo Route will hop in a different direction for the next few months...

By David Flynn, October 13 2021
Qantas: no Sydney-Singapore-London flights “until at least April 2022”

Qantas' flagship QF1 flight from Sydney to London via Singapore will remain in its new Sydney-Darwin-London mode "until at least April 2022", the airline has confirmed.

Originally slated to resume on December 18, the iconic Kangaroo Route service was later brought forward to November 14 but with a stopover at Darwin replacing Singapore.

This syncs up with Qantas' decision to restart its Melbourne-Perth-London flight as Melbourne-Darwin-London due to Western Australia's insistence on keeping its borders locked down until March or April 2022.

After reaching agreement with the Northern Territory Government and Darwin Airport to temporarily reroute its flights from Melbourne and Sydney through Darwin, the airline noted "the Darwin hub arrangement will be in place in time for borders reopening from 14 November 2021 until at least April 2022."

For the next few months, QF1 will make its transit stop in the 'top end'.
For the next few months, QF1 will make its transit stop in the 'top end'.

Also read: Qantas to fly Sydney & Melbourne to London via Darwin

A Qantas spokesperson has confirmed to Executive Traveller that the Darwin diversion and the April 2022 timeframe applies to the Sydney-London flight as well as Melbourne-London, when Melbourne's QF9/QF10 service should once again be making a transit stop in Perth.

At the time of writing Qantas' timetable shows Sydney-Singapore-London flights returning as of late March 2022, although as always, this is subject to change.

Despite QF1's temporary Darwin stopover, Qantas will continue with its daily QF81/QF82 service between Sydney and Singapore, along with less-frequent flights from Melbourne and – when its state borders reopen – Brisbane.

Qantas says there'll still be a Singapore lounge to welcome its passengers from December 18, 2021.
Qantas says there'll still be a Singapore lounge to welcome its passengers from December 18, 2021.

Although this means Singapore's Changi Terminal 1 won't see the twice-daily planeload of passengers in transit between Sydney and London, a spokesperson for Qantas told Executive Traveller the airline still plans to reopen one of its Singapore lounges to suit the December 18 restart of flights between Australia and the Red Dot.

It's previously been suggested that the elegant Qantas Singapore First lounge could roll out the welcome mat to all lounge-worthy flyers, from business class passengers through to Qantas Club members, as this is a smaller space than the Qantas Singapore Business lounge and better suited to the reduced number of travellers on those direct Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Also read: Is Qantas planning a new domestic business class for 2023?

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Hope that also bodes well for the slight chance demand will be high enough to reinstate the A380 at that time as well...making it a true QF 001/002.

24 Aug 2011

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What is the status of lounges at SIN currently?  I know both QF lounges remain closed.  What, if any, lounges in T1 have reopened?  I saw a photo on Twitter earlier in the week of a J class SQ traveller in T3 who said there were no lounges open when he was there. before his flight and instead was in a dedicated corner of the terminal that had been set up as a temporary lounge area.

05 Oct 2017

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Why doesn't Qantas fly the kangaroo route via Bangkok and Hong Kong anymore? Would be better offer more options. As nice as Singapore is, not everyone wants to transit there, it's pretty boring. There is also certainly quite a bit of tourist and business traffic to Bangkok and Hong Kong. Seems Qantas has an obsession with Singapore.

Because of our business ties with Singapore. Singapore is Australia's largest trading partner per capita, and also houses the Asia Pacific HQ of many international companies with smaller regional offices in Australia. There will always be strong demand to travel between the two countries. Then you have Australians and business folks living in Singapore, who need to travel onwards to London.

Hong Kong already has a OneWorld partner that does a fine job and Bangkok is not in the same league yet. 

24 Aug 2011

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Singapore is used as QF's hub as well as being the hub for Jetstar Asia.  If QF were to operate individual disconnected services via numerous ports, there would be no hubbing opportunity

Are you suggesting BKK and HKG in addition to SIN? I think there'd just be not enough demand for Qantas to split its Kangaroo Route via more than one city. I think Qantas "obsession" with Singapore is more about the fact that it's proven to be the best stopover for decades.


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