In brief: When Qantas cuts the Hong Kong-London Heathrow extension of its Melbourne-Hong Kong flights in March, it will also downsize the plane used from a Boeing 747-400 to an Airbus A330.
That means fewer business class seats -- and in a single cabin just in front of economy rather than having the option of picking the quiet and spacious upper deck on a 747.
Following a tip-off from reader Ning He, we've confirmed that flight QF29 to Hong Kong and QF30 to Melbourne will drop down to the Airbus A330-300. Flights will, however, remain on a daily schedule.
Flight times remain similar, with QF29 departing Melbourne at 1415 (with one-hour adjustments for daylight savings) and arriving in Hong Kong at 2145. There's then a choice of two British Airways flights if you're connecting to Heathrow, BA26 at 2315 or BA28 at 2345.
On the return flight, QF30 leaves Melbourne at 1855 and arrives in Melbourne at 0710 the following day. Pick BA27 to connect from Heathrow unless you want to spend a few extra hours in Hong Kong: BA27 arrives in Hong Kong at 1605, rather than the earlier BA25, which arrives at 1305.
Trying to figure out the best seats in business class on those Qantas flights? It's the first "International" section in our guide to the best business class seats on Qantas' Airbus A330 planes.