With the Qantas-Emirates alliance set to take flight from March 31, throughout this week Australian Business Traveller is featuring articles to summarise key changes introduced due to the historic partnership.
Qantas travellers to Singapore face a vastly revised schedule in the coming months, once Dubai replaces the Lion City as hub for the airline's European flights on March 31.
Qantas says the new timetable is more business-friendly, with arrival and departure times geared towards Singapore as a destination rather than a stop-over en route to London.
We've pulled together this rundown of the changes you'll see if you're a regular Red Roo traveller to Singapore.
New Qantas Singapore Lounge
Things kick off with the opening of the all-new Qantas Singapore Lounge on Sunday March 31.
This single-class 'integrated lounge' replaces the former business class and first class lounges shared between Qantas and British Airways under their Kangaroo Route joint venture.
However, in addition to catering for Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold and Platinum cardholders, the lounge will also be open to passengers on oneworld partner airlines such as BA and Cathay Pacific, plus travellers with appropriate frequent flyer status matching to oneworld Emerald and Sapphire.
A new Sydney-Singapore (QF81/82) service will run four days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) from March 31, increasing to daily from June 24.
It'll leave Sydney at 9.40am to reach Singapore at 4pm – ample time to hit your hotel, freshen up and head out to pre-dinner drinks.
This will complement the afternoon QF5 Sydney-Singapore service, which until April 14 departs Sydney at 3.50pm to land in Singapore at 10pm before continuing to Frankfurt.
From April 15, QF5 shifts to an earlier 1pm departure from Sydney with a 7.20pm wheels-down at Singapore. (The return flight QF6 leaves Singapore at 10.25pm to reach Sydney at 8.05am the next day).
Also as of April 15, the daily Melbourne-Singapore QF35 service will leave Melbourne at 10am, making a 3.55pm touchdown into Singapore.
The Brisbane-Singapore QF51 will run earlier from April 15, leaving Brisbane at 10.20am.
Adelaide-Singapore (QF81/82) flights will be cancelled from April 14.
The Perth-Singapore QF71/72 flight will be axed from March 31, leaving just one daily Perth-Singapore service – QF77/78 – which will be retimed for better connection to onwards flights in Asia while also making a same-day return into Perth (admittedly just shy of midnight).
The new schedule sees QF77 leaving Perth at 9.50am (instead of the current 11.55am) for arrival into Singapore at 3.20pm, and then heading back to Perth as QF78 for an 11.30pm touchdown.
Your Emirates options
Qantas will place its QF code on two Emirates flights which stop at Singapore on their way to Dubai:
- Melbourne-Singapore: QF8405 (EK405), departing daily at 6pm and arriving at 11.50pm
- Brisbane-Singapore: QF8433 (EK433), departing daily at 2.30am (!) and arriving at 8.15am
You'll want to book these as Qantas flights under the QF code to earn the full rate of Qantas Frequent Flyer points (including cabin and status bonuses) and status credits.
Booking them as Emirates flights under their native EK code will earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points at a reduced rate and without a single status credit winging your way.
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