Qantas' flagship QF1 flight from Sydney to London via Singapore will resume on March 27 2022, with the Airbus A380 set to return to the Kangaroo Route barely 12 weeks later, on June 19.
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 1, the Sydney-London service has been running on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and making the necessary stopover at Darwin (where, to ease that top end transit, Qantas turned Darwin Airport's Catalina Lounge into a temporary international lounge).
Ready for some more good news? When the Airbus A380 takes over from the Boeing 787 on June 19, it'll be one of 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 also represents arguably 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.
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth has also teased the possibility of those first London-bound A380s becoming 'Points Planes' in which every seat is up for sale at rock-bottom Classic Reward rates.
Previous Points Plane flights have proven incredibly popular with the airline's frequent flyers, while also helping them burn through a mountain of loyalty points built up during the pandemic.
(At the time of writing, Qantas' timetable doesn't permit booking just the Sydney-Singapore leg of QF1 – if you're bound for the Lion City, the only direct Qantas flight available from Sydney is the daily QF81.)
London will be the second destination for the red-tailed superjumbo, after it took wing on the Sydney-Los Angeles route on January 11.
Although the airline put its double-decker jets into hibernation in California's Mojave Desert in the early days of the pandemic, with the expectation they wouldn't be back until 2023-2024, a surge of bookings as Australia's borders reopen without quarantine for fully-vaccinated flyers has provided a shot in the arm for the superjumbo's prospects.
Qantas now plans to have six A380s in its Sydney hangars by the end of this year, with four more slated to return to service by early 2024 – although the airline says two of the 12-strong superjumbo fleet will be retired "because they will be surplus to requirements."