Qantas will begin offering overnight flights from Sydney to Hong Kong in 2019, going up against Cathay Pacific's popular CX138 red-eye service on the increasingly competitive route.
The move will allow travellers to put in a full day's work at the office and even have dinner with the family before heading to the airport, sleeping in the sky and hitting the ground running in Hong Kong before the busy business day begins.
From March 31 2019, Qantas flight QF117 from Sydney moves its departure time from 3:50pm to 10:20pm, to reach Hong Kong at 5am local time the following morning.
However, don't get your hopes up for a daytime flight back to Sydney – something which we know many readers would embrace: the QF118 return leg will remain an overnight service, pushing back in Hong Kong at 10:35pm to reach Sydney at 10am the next day.
The Airbus A330 flights will continue to sport Qantas’ Business Suites in business class, pairing a fully-flat bed with direct aisle access from every seat in the expected 1-2-1 layout:
The airline’s flights from Melbourne and Brisbane to Hong Kong will remain daytime services, but the evening departure from Sydney also allows passengers from other Australian cities to connect via Sydney, if wanting to travel overnight.
Qantas’ other daily flight from Sydney to Hong Kong, QF127, will retain its morning departure and evening arrival – and, as previously reported, will feature an Airbus A380 from December 1 2018 until March 28 2019, offering travellers first class, business class, premium economy and economy.
… and the occasional two-class Airbus A330, offering Business Suites up the front, but no premium economy.
Although alliance partners through Oneworld and newly-acquainted codeshare partners on other routes, Qantas competes heavily with Cathay Pacific on flights to Hong Kong, which has four daily departures of its own from Sydney across a range of times.
Rival Virgin Australia also flies daily from Sydney to Hong Kong with northbound flights running during daylight hours, and the return legs going overnight.
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