Qantas' flagship QF1 flight from Sydney to London via Singapore will resume from June 19, with the A380 superjumbo reclaiming pride of place on the iconic Kangaroo Route.
It's another welcome sign that travel is getting back to normal, and that scene is expected to include the reopening of the elegant Qantas Singapore First lounge, which has been shuttered since March 2020 – although the Qantas Singapore Business lounge unlocked its doors in December 2020.
Since November 2021 the Sydney-London service has been running on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and making the necessary stopover at Darwin (where, to ease the top end transit, Qantas turned Darwin Airport's Catalina Lounge into a temporary international lounge) due to Covid-driven transit restrictions as Singapore's Changi Airport.
Darwin will continue in that role until mid-June, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce tells Executive Traveller, adding that direct Perth-London flights would also resume on June 19 – just three days before the inaugural of the Perth-Rome route.
Joyce also confirmed that when the A380s come back to Sydney-Singapore-London they'll all be the upgraded superjumbos which feature the latest business class and premium economy seats, along with two new 'premium lounges' at the front of the upper deck and refreshed first class suites.
Both will be especially appreciated on the nearly 24-hour trek, compared to the original A380 business class Skybed seats and the single, narrow and not-very-comfortable 'lounge' area.
However, if you're sitting on a stash of Qantas Points that have piled up during the pandemic, the superjumbo's return could represent your best chance ever to snare a first class Classic Flight Reward seat.
If you plan ahead and are flexible with your travel dates, it's possible to find many Qantas First suites open to a points-based Classic Flight Reward booking at just 216,900 Qantas Points each way, which puts a Sydney-London first class return trip in your lap for around 433,000 points.
On arrival, travellers will be treated to a dazzling array of five star London hotels, from the grand dames to fresh arrivals destined to become new favourites.