As we reported yesterday, Qantas is changing the arrival and departure times of its daily QF9/10 flights between Melbourne and London from July 20.
The schedule reshuffle is intended to reduce the amount of time the route's Airbus A380 spends on the ground at Heathrow, freeing up one of the superjumbos to run on Qantas' Sydney-Dallas service from late September.
Here's how the new Melbourne-London timetable shapes up.
QF9 will now leave Melbourne at 10.55pm, some three hours later than the current 7.35pm departure, with its arrival into London shifting from 10.15am to 1.40pm.
The QF10 return leg will be wheels-up from London at 1.30pm, compared to 10.25pm evening flight, to reach Melbourne at 8.55pm rather than 5.25am.
So are these changes better for business travellers?
The new early afternoon arrival time into London is perfect for checking straight into your hotel, settling in and then meeting colleagues for dinner.
The revised stopover times in Dubai should also work better for connecting to Emirates flights to cities other than London, with QF9 now reaching Dubai at 7.05am and QF10 departing from Dubai at 1.35pm.
However, while Melbourne residents will probably appreciate the new evening touchdown of QF10, passengers with connecting Qantas or QantasLink flights to other domestic destinations will need to make an overnight stay and fly out of Melbourne the following morning.
Melbourne travellers: what are your thoughts on the new QF9/QF10 timetable, and will it be better or worse for your own schedule?
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