Qantas launches Sydney-Perth-Paris flights

The new flights come just in time for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

By David Flynn, October 29 2023
Qantas launches Sydney-Perth-Paris flights

 Qantas will begin non-stop flights from Australia to Paris in July 2024, capitalising on the lead-up to the Olympics and long-established demand to the ever-popular European city.

Flights will run from Sydney to Perth to Paris, following the same pattern as Qantas’ seasonal services to Rome, although the Paris service will run all year round.

The first flight will take off on July 12, 2024 and run four times a week to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport – every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – until the Olympics ends in mid-August 2024, at which point it will be wound back to thrice-weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

As with the Melbourne-Perth-London and Sydney-Perth-Rome flights, Qantas’ Parisian flights will rely on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – or should that be Seineliner – with lie-flat business class beds plus premium economy and economy recliners.

The Dreamliner will come a 'Seineliner' on Qantas' direct flights to Perth.
The Dreamliner will come a 'Seineliner' on Qantas' direct flights to Perth.

It’s an early feather in the cap of newly-minted Qantas CEO Vanessa Hudson, and follows extensive talks with Perth Airport over the city’s role as a ‘western gateway’ for Qantas.

“This route has been on our wish list for a while and we think customers will be as pleased as we are to see it go on sale today,” Hudson remarked.

“Our direct flights to London and Rome have been hugely popular and Paris is the next most-requested destination, so we know the demand for this service will be strong as well.” 

Qantas last flew to Paris in October 2004, and ironically, this was also from Perth – albeit on a Boeing 747 which went via Singapore.

Of course, Paris has also been tipped as a potential destination for Qantas’ non-stop Project Sunrise flights from Sydney and Melbourne.

This will be Qantas' third non-stop European route, following London and Rome.
This will be Qantas' third non-stop European route, following London and Rome.

Qantas’ Sydney-Perth-Paris schedule

QF33 will depart Sydney around 2pm and reach Perth at 5pm; after a leisurely stopover it’ll be wheels-up from Perth at 7.35pm, setting out an almost 17-hour trek to reach Paris at 7am the following day.

QF34 will leave Paris around 10am (perfect timing for a coffee and croissant), touching down in Perth at 8.30am the next morning; after a short break for another breakfast it’ll be back on board for a 10am departure from Perth, and arriving in Sydney at 4pm.

Beyond Paris, Qantas’ partnership with Air France will provide onwards flights to over 70 other destinations.

This will provide an alternative path to Emirates for getting from Australia into Europe, although changing flights at Dubai is generally far smoother than at Charles de Gaulle.

Qantas will also offer a ‘circle fare’ allowing travellers to fly into Paris and return from London or Rome on the one QF ticket.

Eligible travellers, including business class passengers plus mid-tier Qantas Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members, will have access to Qantas’ Perth International Transit Lounge during the Perth stopover.

Qantas has yet to advise which lounge it will use at Charles de Gaulle, however its flights will depart from CDG Terminal 2, where Oneworld partners American Airlines and Cathay Pacific both have lounges (although both are currently closed).

And before you ask: yes, the domestic Sydney-Perth and Perth-Sydney legs of QF33/QF34 will be available to book on their own, which also means Qantas Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers can begin their Sydney-Perth hop with a visit to the Qantas first class lounge.

01 Jul 2021

Total posts 38

Qantas and Perth airport will always have this big drama so who's to say that is gonna happen again.

01 Dec 2012

Total posts 52

The game has changed. The era of Vanessa Hudson and Perth Airport Acting CEO Kate Holsgrove means the two-bulls-in the-paddock problem is behind us. Perth Airport is investing a lot in new parking and traffic facilities at Qantas T3 and T4. Hopefully announcements will be made soon about about inbound immigration and biosecurity upgrades, and a timetable for the move to Airport Central. 

20 Dec 2017

Total posts 15

Next one should have been Frankfurt. QF has zero visibility of the leisure and business numbers they've lost to Star Alliance from Central Europe to AU where there's no viable One World alternative time and cost-wise. 

30 Aug 2013

Total posts 436

Paris is both a popular business and leisure destination, while Frankfurt is only a business destination. I suspect that was a big reason why Paris was chosen.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Nov 2012

Total posts 120

True, but FRA is in the heart of Europe and you can get to an awful lot of interesting places quickly from the train adjacent to the FRA terminal which is super convenient and way easier to deal with than CDG.  

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 237

As much as I'd like to think that the two new CEOs made this happen, it's more likely that this was already close to being  settled in Alan Joyce's time and the timing of the new CEOs simply aligned with dotting of i's and crossing of t's. Maybe it was even closer but then the senate hearings and AJ's early departure threw all this onto the back-burner. Just saying that this sort of substantial route and all the arrangements around it don't just get whipped up in weeks, although I am sure the 'new blood' around the table helped progress things.

20 Oct 2015

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This is great news, we are finally seeing Perth live up to the talk of it being a European gateway from Australia. London, Rome, now Paris. Have to wonder if another EU destination is on the cards? Frankfurt has been talked up, I think Berlin would also be good but it will all come down to numbers, how many passengers a route can attract as well as the money from airports and tourism bodies plus the cost of PER T3 customs & immigration. For Qantas now it's going to really be about having the aircraft to service these routes.

British Airways - Executive Club

06 Apr 2018

Total posts 13

I doubt Berlin is on the cards - it has virtually no long haul flights (eg even the ME3 don't fly there) and connections are very poor. Frankfurt is the obvious German hub - a terrible airport but loads of connections and a huge chunk of the German population live within a 2 hour train/drive. 

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 566

I see all these linking with the Paris Olympic.

QF being an Olympic supporter would likely be flying the Australian team to Paris, but whether they are going to get seats for these premium routes, I am not sure. 

If they are, then those competing and those watching/supporting may be vying for the same seats, and push up the prices, and limit their availability on the shoulder period before and after the games.

20 Oct 2015

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Qantas has said it will be flying Aussie athletes etc to Paris for the games and you'd have to think they would be in premium economy or business, but I would be surprised if Qantas didn't actually put on some special charter flights just for the Olympians. Great publicity!

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 566

Yes you are right I do recall they had previously done a charter flight before for some Olympic Games so it’s economy for most competitors then

Would be interesting to know which route they are using, whether they would do the sunrise route if the Perth stop would be trouble free

Qantas

13 Jun 2015

Total posts 141

Boy oh boy wowee. Great to see QF linking flights from Perth to Paris in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In addition to this, Qantas and the Nine Network will support the Australian athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jun 2017

Total posts 49

I hope Perth is ready to disappoint a lot of Europeans looking for an exciting place to visit. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Feb 2018

Total posts 3

Another Sydney resident who lives in the most remote part of the populated world except for NZ, trying to denigrate Perth due to his inferiority complex about his city's location far away from the worlds population centres and beyond the range of any available aircraft in production for years to come, if ever, LOL.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Feb 2018

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A post from a Sydney resident with an inferiority complex about his city's remoteness from the worlds population centres, LOL. Flights from Sydney direct to Europe are years away from being acomplished if the aircraft are ever available to fly to such a remote mediorce city by world standards. Sydney regards itself as a world city with a population that is miniscule compared to the worlds major population centres.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jun 2017

Total posts 55

Like everything Qantas, do your own research and don’t just accept that this is how you will get to Paris. In J it is a very expensive way to get to and back home again compared to other alternatives with similar overall travel times from east coast Australia.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 372

Does anyone know where Qantas are getting this aircraft from? Their fleet seems pretty heavily utilised how it is.

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 160

From other flight cancellations 

23 Aug 2011

Total posts 68

Has anyone noticed that from the end of July 2024, Melbourne loses its direct LHR flight; QF009/010 flights, only conx  are over PER/SIN/SYD. Well, QF is known as, AIR SYDNEY, Glad we have Qatar SQ/CX and others who certainly enjoy a lot of loyalty.

16 Feb 2017

Total posts 29

In typical Qantas fashion - not even any mention of whether there would be an easy one stop connection for Melbourne. Which last time I checked was essentially a population the same size as Sydney. 

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 160

$11.5k return from Sydney in busi with qf

$9k same with Singapore.


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