Qantas confirms Airbus A380 upgrade for Hong Kong

By David Flynn, September 14 2015
Qantas confirms Airbus A380 upgrade for Hong Kong

Qantas will once again roster its flagship Airbus A380 on flights to Hong Kong over the 2015-2016 Christmas/New Year period, in addition to the new four-times-weekly Airbus A330 service which takes flight from October 26.

A spokeperson for the airline confirmed the upgrade from the Boeing 747 jumbo to the double-decker A380 superjumbo would run as previously planned, resulting in a wave of extra seats on the Sydney-Hong Kong route.

From 10 December 2015 to 20 January 2016 the A380 will take over QF127/128 on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the jumbo still plying the route on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

What's more, from 21 January to 16 February 2016 the A380 will run daily to Hong Kong route to help handle the Chinese New Year surge centred around February 8, with the Boeing 747 returning to the schedule from February 17.

Our tip for top-tier Qantas Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers headed to Hong Kong? Book into business class on any of the 'A380 days' and there's a good chance you'l be bumped into the superjumbo's first class suites.

You'll still be served the same meals and wine from the business class menu, but any chance to fly in Qantas' great first class is worth grabbing.

Running parallel to QF127/128 from October 26 will be the new QF117/118 Airbus A330 service on Mondays through Thursday.

Read: Qantas boosts Hong Kong with more flights, Business Suites

There's clearly plenty of business between Sydney and Hong Kong, with Cathay Pacific adding a second Boeing 777 onto the route from October 1 to cater for increased demand, especially for onwards flights to Europe.

The Boeing 777-300ER will slot into Cathay's daily CX100/101 service, replacing the current Airbus A330.

The airline last year also upgraded its CX138/139 service from an A330 to a Boeing 777-300ER.

Read: Cathay Pacific adds second Boeing 777 onto Sydney-Hong Kong

However there are no plans for Virgin Atlantic to restart Sydney-Hong Kong flights which the airline axed in May 2014, citing "increasing costs and a challenging economic environment."

Read: Richard Branson says no plans for Virgin Atlantic to return to Sydney

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Nice article Dave! Can you expand on your point re: QFF P & P1 booking J class on A380 to HKG, and that potential upgrade to F?

Curious to know more!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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First isn't marketed on the route. generally. So the highest ranking business guests are those who are most likely to be upgraded to first, paving the way for Qantas to sell the vacated J seats.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Nov 2011

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Almost, if it's that same as last Christmas, when you book business as a Plat or P1 you will be able to select the first class seats. Closer to the day any in selected seats can be chosen by gold or silver etc. it's the same as when they fly the one remaining 747 with F seats, p and p1 get first selection

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Thanks for your reply Riley! I wasn't aware the booking engine did not show F seats when using A380 equipment on the route, that's interesting...

So I assume then that a similar system be in place, for rolling Y forward into W?

Not sure why my question's getting voted down, but such is life haha :-)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Dec 2014

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Nice to see more traffic and business on the HKG route, will give CX a run for their money!

20 Apr 2014

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always nice to see the 380 appear on a route but I don't think CX will be too worried as they continue to upgauge aircraft across their superior schedule.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

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Doubt it. CX own Australia-HKG. 


12 Apr 2013

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This is for sure.

14 Sep 2015

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Any idea where they are "pulling" the A380 from? Is this "downtime" in SYD or is it being pulled from another route?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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There isn't any route to pull it from. It can only be down time or by working maintenance around this busy period. 

14 Sep 2015

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Which will potentially be an issue given the unreliability on QF9/10 recently.....

07 Oct 2012

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No A380 sent to Manila during this period.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2014

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How full is QF93 most days? A lot of people with low status (myself included 3 weeks ago) seem to be upgraded to J on points which suggests there'd be a few free seats.

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19 Oct 2015

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My parents are flying in December but on a wednesday when the 747 is operating. Does anyone know if the 747's operating the HKG route are the refurbished ones with the lie flat business seats instead of the angled ones?

 I believe there are still some of the older non refurbished models still plying the SCL, JNB & HKG routes. Does anyone know the frequency that they operate to HKG?

I'd be really grateful for any help as my parents are elderly and I really want them to be comfortable as they are originating from LHR.

Many thanks





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