Qantas promises more Airbus A380s for Singapore, Hong Kong

By David Flynn, April 27 2017
Qantas promises more Airbus A380s for Singapore, Hong Kong

If every cloud has a silver lining, then the axing of Qantas' Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne to London brings a shiny dash of good news for some travellers to Asia.

Qantas will swing the surplus superjumbo onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore and Hong Kong "to meet periods of high demand."

These will include school holidays and the Chinese New Year season.

Qantas already rosters an A380 between Sydney and Hong Kong across December and January each year, and the airline is now looking to expand that to Melbourne-Hong Kong as well as adding Singapore into the mix.

And when the A380 pops into those schedules, there's a treat in store for Qantas Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers.

While Qantas doesn't sell first class to Singapore and Hong Kong, it makes those suites available to its top-tier travellers who have booked into business class.

On those flights the first class suites are categorised as business class seats, and if you hold Platinum or Platinum One status they shown up during the seat selection stage of your booking – just click on any seat from row 1 to row 5 and you're set.

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 cabin is worth grabbing.

And while there's no such thing as a bad seat in first class on the Qantas Airbus A380, some of the 14 suites have the edge over their siblings.

For example, 1A and 1K give you that ‘private jet’ feeling with nobody in front of you; 4A and 4K boast an extra window for enjoying the view on the daytime northbound leg; while 5A and 5K are best for privacy.

Read our Qantas A380 first class suite guide for the full skinny.



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

15 Mar 2016

Total posts 169

QF with an A380 to HKG followed by a CX A350 to EU would become a pretty good option assuming it could be ticketed. This is one upside, along with aircraft refresh!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1388

I wonder why QF doesn't try and actually sell F over these periods, particularly where they are planned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Aug 2016

Total posts 59

exactly, especially when singapore flys its suites from both melbourne and sydney year round + the 777s

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1257

Shhhh don't go giving them any ideas

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2013

Total posts 387

One A380 for an existing route and another to start the 2 year aprox complete A380 refurbishment program

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Dec 2014

Total posts 44

1 a380 for 3x Weekly QF127/128 SYD-HKG, 1 for refurbishment. I feel that that could be a good result.

14 Nov 2015

Total posts 40

I did this once. When I asked for the bed to be made, they said they didn't offer bedding it as it was J class service. Wasn't really complaining, bit I do note that they offer mattress pads on J seats!

12 Oct 2011

Total posts 23

That's really strange - I was on an A380 from HKG to SYD this Monday just gone. Was in 2F (my preferred seat under the stairs) and service was J but we still had the proper F mattresses fitted for us.

05 May 2016

Total posts 622

I'd prefer a firm commitment to MEL-HKG all year round on the A380 and then codeshare onto LHR (if QF refuses to fly their own planes from there to LHR) rather than moving the A380 around between MEL/SYD and HKG/SIN.

MEL-HKG + codeshare to LHR would be better than MEL-DXB-LHR for me.

Unfortunately I doubt the EK agreement would allow them to do a codeshare from HKG to LHR.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Mar 2016

Total posts 169

I agree, a HKG on to EU codeshare with CX or even BA would probably get some traffic.

Bring on MEL and SYD - LHR via SIN or HKG with 744 or 388 .... better still with refurb 388 really 

18 Nov 2015

Total posts 122

To be honest, I'd much prefer the A330 new business class seat on this route, than the tired and sad A380 Skybed business class seat.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1257

Same. The only draw of this A380 arrangement is the possibility of being seated in the first class section.

10 Aug 2015

Total posts 118

 Just an idea, perhap Qantas should offer supper pre departure, i.e. in the Perth terminal, for all passengers including economy and premium economy. This would lower the weight carried, enhance and differentiate the experience, and ensure passengers overall have a brilliant experience.

10 Jun 2015

Total posts 11

That is a BRILLIANT idea Looking!!! Most pax would dearly love to eat on the ground rather in their cramped seats! It also makes economical sense wrt extra weight form catering equipment!

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 337

Why don't they do what Swiss does to/from TLV from ZRH?  If you arrive in F on LH/LX same day into EU/ZRH and have a connection to TLV on LX  you can get a free seat in LX F on A330 with C service  -always do this and usually alone -  for those not arriving in F (instead C)  to connect to TLV  you can buy  an F seat with C service on wonderful Swiss A330 First  again with C service   -and this is to/from TLV

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 24

With all these changes to A380 and A350 flights from Melbourne to Asia

It makes a mockery of the shambles with Thai and there continual cancellation of the new planes to Melbourne ,added with the tired 777-200 without fully laid back beds in Buisness

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

11 Sep 2015

Total posts 42

And Brisbane? Hellooooo  Qantas! We're still here - and travelling to Asia

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1257

No one cares. ..........

12 Apr 2017

Total posts 24

Apparently Thai Australia does not know the reputational damage that is being done !!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 411

the A380 is so much more conducive to "real" log haul rather than SIN, HKG. The A330 with new seats is more than enough for Asia and I'm normally in F.


19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1445

Crosscourt if you look at EK and the European airlines that use A380s by far the most are used on sub-10 hour flights. QF and SQ are the exceptions.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 411

Maybe so but my point was more conducive to "real" long haul. Emirates have so many they don't know what to do with them, they even fly it to Kuwait but it doesn't change my point, in my view.

16 Dec 2016

Total posts 47

I think you are making an assumption about First on these routes. Maybe they will start to sell them? I haven't seen any press to say there's no First. 

29 Jan 2012

Total posts 130

Totally agree. Alan will sell the seats, no worries about that - not give them away as suggested. SQ has no problems selling them and am sure Alan sees it the same way. Nothing for free with QF anymore, even if you are Platinum One! Status counts, but revenue talks.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jul 2015

Total posts 221

Happy enough with the 330 (refurbished ones) up to SGP and HK. For mine a 380 service to SF, Chicago or all the way to NYC would be great rather than having to change to the B747 at LAX. Ah well one can but dream. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Mar 2016

Total posts 52

I think I would prefer the new A330 business class than the current skybed offering on the A380 to Asia but that could change if the upgrade the a380 in the future.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jul 2013

Total posts 16

Hello, can Qantas look at more flights to Thailand rather than a daily flight. It is a popular destination and the A330 is always full. Very difficult to get an upgrade to Business class. Why not twice daily or use the A380 on that route?

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