Qantas: daily Airbus A380 for Hong Kong, more superjumbos to LA

By David Flynn, January 10 2014

Qantas is boosting Airbus A380 flights to Hong Kong and Los Angeles this month, giving travellers a better chance of scoring a ride on the Flying Kangaroo's flagship.

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the daily Sydney-Hong Kong QF127/128 service will feature an A380 running every day from Thursday January 2 through to Monday March 3.

The current schedule sees the A380 operating only on Thursday to Sunday with a Boeing 747 on the remaining three days, although an A380 will take over the Monday flights from November 4.

From March 4, the schedule will revert to an A380 from Thursday to Monday and the Boeing 747 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, the Sydney-Los Angeles flights QF107/108 switches from a Boeing 747 to an Airbus A380 on Fridays and Sundays from January 3 to January 26.

The other days of the week will remain on a Boeing 747, as will the daily LAX-New York leg of the QF107/108 service.

And if you are booked on a Boeing 747 for SYD-LAX-JFK, check out the very best business class seat for the flight.

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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.

11 Mar 2012

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Yet they can the PER-HKG flights :-(

Is Qantas getting anymore A380s and if so what routes will they fly?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Yes, and CX has all of 10 flights weekly.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1381

QF still has 8 A380s on order, and 4 options.

2 delayed till a 2016/2017 timeframe, remaining 6 I think are post 2020, then 4 options.

This far out, tough to say whether any of them will ultimately get delivered. (eg. QF's 2012 cancellation of a firm order for 35 787-9s)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Daily A380 to HKG.

Hear me say YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Aug 2012

Total posts 126

Watson374, I am just as happy as you are :)))

The inconsistancy in product between the A380 service and the old B747 services flying to this world city are considerable.

I'm just curious as to how they have managed to put extra A380 services on both the HKG and LAX route. Have they reduced A380 services elsewhere? Maybe David can answer this question.

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1229

There seems to be a QFA380 in Manila for maintenance most of the time. Perhaps there will be no maintenance that requires a plane out of service for weeks during this period. But I'm just speculating.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I think there are 3 for SYD-DXB-LHR, 3 for MEL-DXB-LHR, 2 for MEL-LAX, 2 for SYD-LAX and that leaves 2 more, one of which is used for HKG (and could be used all days, just that it only runs SM--TFS due to demand or something) and the other is in maintenance.

07 Oct 2012

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Yeah, the above makes sense... but it is hard to break up the routes in great detail as a LAX-SYD A380 may then go on and do SYD-DXB-LHR and so on. I'd also be suprised if QF does not move in the future to daily A380's to HKG if they have fleet available - particulary for staff streamlining, consistency and for the better cost efficiency

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Apr 2013

Total posts 16

Does this mean that the A380 will fly onto JFK from LAX on QF107/108?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2011

Total posts 335

No, the daily BNE-LAX 747 will operate LAX-JFK-LAX during this time.

AlG
AlG

04 Nov 2010

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Adrian, try reading the article, as it very clearly says "The other days of the week will remain on a Boeing 747, as will the daily LAX-New York leg of the QF107/108 service".

26 May 2012

Total posts 150

Let's get some more A380s!

BNE-LAX, SYD-DFW and daily SYD-HKG. 

...and then we can have a daily SYD-PER 747! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I don't really see a business case for it though, unless there is enough traffic to warrant a 744 for the redeye.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Sep 2012

Total posts 213

Yup, with QF posting nearly a billion dollar loss and sacking of over 1000 staff, yes that is definitely going to happen!

In case you were wondering, this is sarcasm. Subject to change in future terms. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Oct 2013

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Why are there still no Qantas A380 services out of Brisbane? We hav the gates for them. It just makes no sense to me. 

09 Sep 2012

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Hear hear. That prompts the question: why are there so few quality Qantas services to or  from Brisbane generally.

Qantas

28 Oct 2013

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Would much rather see a second flight from/to Melbourne and Sydney.  I hate the overnight return flight.  Love the A380's but a second flight from both cities would be better.

09 Sep 2012

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Now there's an "I'm All Right Jack" response for the ages.

Just how would a second flight "out of"  "both cities"  be "better" for anyone other than people who live in such cities?

 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

Total posts 469

Qantas mainline international operations are mostly all Sydney and to a lesser extent Melbourne based,which is mayjor reason why their plan continues to fail,they loose money and any person who lives outside these cities and their states get screwed for not only for non stop Qantas International service but all so A380 service.And really no A380 on QF15/16 a joke.So to is the Qantas Brisbane International lounge that has not been upgraded since day 1.At least to the level of the SYD/MEL lounges

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 457

Really agree with you Robert...

The service from Brisbane to the US is very poor and the lounge needs to be 3x or 4x what it currently is. 

Maybe Qantas needs to make Brisbane it's dedicated Australia to SFO route? I totally see a business case that says Qantas would make money on a daily A380 service between BNE and SFO...

  • Sydney - services LAX, DFW, and JFK
  • Melbourne - services LAX
  • Brisbane - services SFO

Why not?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards platnium

30 Nov 2013

Total posts 43

Going to sfo (which I do a lot) would be a lot nicer connecting at Brisbane than LAX or flying united!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

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Introducing the A380 on a Brisbane to USA route would really devalue the competitiveness of Virgin's product offering in that market.

However, I'm not sure how well the current BNE International Business and "First" lounges would handle the extra load of premium cabin and elite status passengers (not to mention their current state) unless the Emirates lounge was used as well.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 457

Good point Peter

I flew to Auckland last Sunday night and I really can't see 100+ platinum/biz travellers fitting in the caboose that is the Qantas "First" lounge. 

Very frustrating as I can't help but feel the demand is there...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

Total posts 469

Hi Mark,

Like i said in my earlier comment along with the A380 operating BNE/LAX serviecs,if they  QF are a genuine player they could easily renovate and or build a new lounge.This lounge  has not changed from day 1and can not handle existing customers.They QF in a short period of time could upgrade this lounge to SYD/MEL standard lounges.What is really sad is the QF INT lounge at BNE now handles more PAX than what QF MEL int lounge when it FIRST OPENED.As a QF plat and Regular first pax i am pissed that in order to fly First i have to travel via SYD each time.And i might add your Earlier comment about virgin was right on.


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