Qantas to resume Perth-Singapore flights on Boeing 737

By David Flynn , April 17 2015
Qantas to resume Perth-Singapore flights on Boeing 737

Qantas will relaunch Perth-Singapore flights from June 26, just over a year since the airline axed the route and abandoned regular international services from the WA capital.

The airline will roster five flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a noon departure from Perth and a return to the WA capital shortly before midnight.

However, travellers shouldn't expect a lie-flat bed in business class or even copious amounts of legroom: Qantas will run the route on a compact Boeing 737-800 aircraft instead of the big Airbus A330.

The Boeing 737 is a single-aisle workhorse mostly seen darting between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with domestic business class seats which will stretch the limit of comfort on the five hour Perth-Singapore flight.

The seat's recline and legroom is pretty much on par with Qantas' international premium economy seats on the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747, although the Boeing 737 business class bench is slightly wider.

Each seat comes with a 10.6-inch touchscreen plus an AC and USB sockets for keeping your laptop, tablet or smartphone charged up en route.

Creature comforts

Onboard service will be in keeping with an international flight, with business travellers enjoying meals from Neil Perry's Rockpool Group, Kate Spade and Jack Spade amenity kits and – on the evening Singapore-Perth leg – business class pyjamas.

Qantas' timetable shows flight QF71 leaving Perth at 12 noon for a 5.20pm arrival into Singapore; the return QF72 service is wheels-up from Singapore at 6.25pm to reach Perth at 11.40pm.

Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the schedule and choice of aircraft was about making the Perth-Singapore service "commercially viable."

The evening arrival into Singapore is intended to not only suit business travellers but provide "excellent connections with our airline partners into key regional Asia destinations including Tokyo, Shanghai and Delhi, subject to regulatory approval,” Evans added.

Launch fares from $199

Qantas will mark the launch with one-way economy fares from $199 going on sale at 10.30am WST (12.30pm EST) Friday April 17 to 9.50pm WST (11.50pm EST) Tuesday April 28 or until sold out.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce previously blamed harsh economics, increased competition and "ongoing record fuel prices" – prices which have since subsided – for the Flying Kangaroo's decision to shutter regular international flights from Perth.

Read: Qantas CEO – "Why we pulled out of Perth"

However, in August last year Joyce's lieutenant Gareth Evans – then Chief Financial Officer for the Qantas Group, and now CEO of Qantas International – alluded to a Plan B for Perth, telling an aviation conference in Sydney that Qantas planned to relaunch the Perth-Singapore service "with a different approach."

That approach appears to have been the smaller Boeing 737 which will once again carry the airline's red tail to The Lion City.

Perth-Singapore: Qantas vs the rest

Competing airlines use larger twin-aisle aircraft between Perth and Singapore, such as Singapore Airlines' Airbus A330 and Boeing 777-200 jets.

Qantas' premium competitor on the Perth-Singapore run is Virgin Australia partner and stakeholder Singapore Airlines, which offers four flights a day on larger twin-aisle aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777-200.

Singapore Airlines' business class on those jets offer seats with greater legroom which convert into sloping flat beds, with return tickets selling for around $4,100.

This will make business class pricing a crucial element for Qantas, which will find it hard to compete against Singapore Airlines on the basis of seats and flight schedules alone.

Singapore Airlines' low-cost offshoot Scoot is positioned at the lower end of the market, with daily flights using the advanced Boeing 787, where the ScootBiz seats sell for around $800-$1,000 return.

AusBT Review: Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 'ScootBiz' business class seats

Qantas' own budget Jetstar runs two daily flights between Perth and Singapore but in smaller economy-only Airbus A320s.

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David

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.

QFF

12 Apr 2013

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What is really shame that Qantas will sell those "business" seats at real business price!

19 Jun 2012

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At least the launch sale prices are competitive - $1499 return in J is worth it IMO.

QFF

12 Apr 2013

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And Qantas just launch Brisbane-Perth new Business suite! Does it getting ridiculous?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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I am sorry but "Does it getting ridiclous?"

You bet its not

Brisbane to Perth has been a bigger market then Perth to Singapore for years

There were like 4 BNE-PER flights daily 7 days a week compared to 1 flight a day to SIN 7 days a week

QFF

12 Apr 2013

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You may be right. But by all means, does not matter how comfortable they are flat seats absolutely unnecessarily for day 4 hr domestic flight and very welcome for overnight 5+ hours international one. Qantas put those flat seats because they want that market share form Virgin and they decided not to fight for one with SQ and alike. Free competition at it most ridiculous stance. YMMV of course.

24 Aug 2011

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I suppose it is good that they have re-entered this market even though it is fairly token and unlikely to compete with SQ in a meaningful way given limited frequency and dubious timings.  It is more likely to compete against the ScootBiz offering in premium rather than SQ except for those who are addicted to QF FF or bound by contracts.  

 

In economy, it is hard to say what the advantage of QF is against Scoot and JQ unless it is priced close to those airlines where the free meals etc may be seen as a bonus.  At the entry fare, economy is good value; longer term is open to debate.

20 Apr 2014

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Seriously? A 737 on this route, are people really going to pay over the odds for a few QF points for an experience that will be very close to JQ standards.

with the end of the mining boom hopefully a 332 can be redeployed to this route as demand tapers, even one in domestic configuration would be more successful at competing with SQ than a 737.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

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They should put some re-furnished a330s on this route, but I guess a 737 is better than nothing.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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What and fly them half empty?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

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I wouldn't think they'd be half empty on this new schedule and the new a330 buisness class looks a lot more exciting than SQs current a330 buisness product.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Why so? They were full before, but only because many people connected on to London and Frankfurt. Take them away and what do you have? An 737/A320 sized load. Without them bit hard to fill up a daily A330 flight.

Contrary to what the article says, 737's and A320's ply many many many routes throughout the world in the 5-5.5 hour range. Within the region close to Perth, look at MH, GA, MI (SQ's sibling), PG etc. All full service carriers.

Personally I've flown Turkish, British Airways, United, American in business class on narrow body aircraft on flights within this range. Whislt of course I would have prefered a bed, fact is for the length the seat did the job.

The onyl issue for Qantas is to ensure that their short haul business seat is charged as such, which I reckon it will be.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Assuming it survives until summer, a QF A332 (weekly AKL service) and 738 might restore a hint of aussie pride to the international terminal.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

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Perth has opportunities to be hub for QF to connect to nearby countries with the range that 737-800 can do where there aren't too many passengers to fill an A330-300 or larger.

They could perhaps open up possibilities of Jakarta, Medan, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang, Langkawi, Manila. They could even codeshare on MH to go beyond from KUL to increase traffic.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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The only one that would remotely work would be an A332 to KUL to hook up with BAs service to LHR when it gets re-instated later in the year.  But with Air Asia X and MH, it's a bit saturated imo.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Or more to the point to link up with the OneWorld partner that Qantas sponsred in and their network around Asia, vis MH.

Though of course most of these onwards flights would then be on 737's.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

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That is also true about working with BA for connectivity to LHR in KUL other than SIN. 

Since they've been devaluing amount of points and status for flying with partner airlines, this is an opportunity for QF to boost loyal members to fly with them when they open up more destinations on their own metal.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2012

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Does anyone know if the 5.20pm arrival into Singapore co-incides with the QF A380 which I still believe operates from Sydney - SIN - London?  I'd love to go back to the old Qantas Kangeroo route to the UK via Singapore. Emirates and Dubai  from Perth just don't do "it" for me.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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No QF A380s from SIN to Europe.  BA operate A380s though I think.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

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BA operates 777s,although it would be nice to see a SYD - SIN - LHR in the QANTAS a380 as an alternative to DXB.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Actually BA has a second flight LHR-SIN-LHR (BA11/12) which is an A380 a few days a week (might be daily now). In fact this flight is the first connection from the QF Perth flight.

BA16 which comes from Sydney leaves 30 minutes later.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Dec 2014

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QF do not have any aircraft that operate to London via Singapore.  All are via Dubai.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

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It connects to the BA11/12 which is an A380 service, have to book on BA ticket as QF will route you on EK metal

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Connects with a 5 hour wait though.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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Sinagpore Airlines must be shaking in their boots with that news!

You have to be in it to win it, but how could any passenger choose Qantas 737 over a Singapore 772? 

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

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Apart from sheer size I think a 737 is all over a 772 (with 10 across seating??). Using narrow bodies to their range makes sense (757s across the Atlantic are very common) and in the US 737s across the continent is the rule. This route should work well, and next should be a A332 Perth to Dubai to connect with QF9 and keep the utilisation rate up.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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I agree in theory you should be utilising the riight aircraft for the right route (range, capacity etc.)

My point is, when you have a domestic grade product at the same or dearer price point as a true ultra long haul product, why would one choose the inferior comfort? 

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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I wouldn't all what SQ has on their A330's and old 777's (which they run to Perth) ultra long haul. It is a medium haul business class product, being opeated on what is essentially a short verging JUST on mid haul route.

That said the real issue for Qantas is capacity. The route for Qantas can only sustain a 737 sized aircraft. Maybe long term what Qantas needs to do is look at investing in some A321's and offering a business class product like AA and if I recall BA are now offing on similar length routes. Of course charging the correct premium for it too.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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Procuring new aircraft type = years away! If they were looking at a large single aisle, my moeny would be on the 737-9. They'll most likely keep to the same family.

Agree the 737 is better than nothing, but it's purely token. Hopefully for the good people of Perth, it's a platform to one day being serviced by an internationally configured aircraft. Instead of a spare 737 getting chucked in due to a FIFO mining contract being cut up!

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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They are already looking at single isle fleet replacement for Qantas. Yes could be a few years off, but that said they do have A320 family aircraft on order with deliveries starting in 2016 which could be any variant in the family AND can be sent to any business unit, including Qantas mainline.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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I agree with your first point AJW, that this route is medium haul international.

However, I would like to see some evidence (previous load factors specific to the route) of your second point: ie. "the route for Qantas can only sustain a 737 sized aircraft."

If I am not mistaken, the previous operation of this Qantas flight was on an Airbus A330 .. and the reason given by Qantas for it's termination was that it wasn't economic. The capacity was previously justified by QF to place an A330 on the route. Remember, an aircraft can be 100% full and still be a yield failure. The fact that SQ can offer multiple services on wide-bodies on the same route shows that market capacity is not an issue in Perth.

With the cost of fuel having dropped dramatically, it is highly probable that such an operation is now profitable for QF based on previous loads vs yield equation. What IS 'variable' these days, is the 'loyalty' of the Perth market to QF - particularly where Qantas has willingly destroyed any concept of customer loyalty.

The real problem here for Qantas is previous history and current market laziness. Suggesting that Qantas should run out and buy some A321's is lunancy. A new complete new frame type for QF for just one route, where the need is highly questionable? That is exactly how airlines get into financial trouble. To their credit, Qantas is now trying to extract itself from previous bad decisions. The correct answer is for QF to put a A330 back on the run (to be competitive and do some heavy 'lifting' with their WA marketing to restore some confidence and market share. Problem is, QF A330's are in very short supply right now. Until they do that, this B737-800 service will be a complete money-loser and only further damage Qantas credibility in the west.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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I posted this elsewhere, but only 30% of all passengers that pass through Changi actually enter Singapore. So that means that 70%, plus of course some of the 30% are using Singapore as a hub.

Now in the past Singapore was a mini hub for Qantas, hence it could justify an A330, but with that hub traffic now gone, it is plain that an A330 can no longer be justified.

Also another stat I publised around 2400 Australians a day enter Singapore (again many would be using Singapore as a stop over location from destinations futher afield). Now WA has 10% of the population, so you could assume that is 240 passengers a day from WA flying to and entering Singapore.

The big unknown of course is how many Singaporians are flying to Perth, but doubt it would be nearly as much as Aussies flying to Singapore.

240 of course is about the capacity of one A330-200 in Qantas international config. So to fill one A330-200 Qantas would need probably 60% of all Aussies flying to Singapore, maybe 30 passengers connecting elsewhere and 30 Singaporaians flying to Aus. No way.

A 737-800 at half the capacity yes.

So to me the only real issue is the price of the business class seat. Whilst more than suitable for the flight length, there is no way it can be priced the same as SQ.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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PS I wasn't suggetsing Qantas goes out to buy an A321 for this route. They are however in the market for 737 replacements, and frankly I think they should be looking at something like the A321 to offer more point to point Asian flights but with a business cabin more akin to what we spolit Aussies (and sandgropers in particular) expect.

18 Apr 2015

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Actually Qantas looks to be charging a heck of a lot less than SG. SG is asking $4k , compared to ~$3k for Qantas (I've tried to find the highest fares out there), so your point is moot. Plus the recent trend (BA, AA, Qatar) is pushing ultra premium narro-body services (as @AJW has alluded to). Sure, Qantas business won't be lie flat, but if the price is right, it doesn't matter. Great that Qantas is trying a new strategy - and if they keep the pricing right for the product, then another good option for travellers. Can only see this a positive.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

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I still can't come to grips with a lie flat bed for such a relatively short flight which arrives in Perth close to midnight, and well after for the schedule later in the year.  With a departure time from Singapore of 1820, by the time they have served a meal and cleaned up, then getting changed into the free PJs, you would be lucky to have an hours kip.

10 May 2014

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SQ 772's are 9 abrest and have refitted economy and regional business class.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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I don't think SQ could care less to be honest. They have the lions share of the market for the simple reason of their onwards network.

Qantas cannot compete with that and is not pretending to either, though maybe now perople realise why Qantas wanted to set-up their own full service airline in Singapore.

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

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It depends on the age of the plane.I would be connecting from Adelaide using the Crazy O'Clock service to Perth to feed into this but would sooner If It was a New 738 get this over say a past it's use by date SIA 772.

24 Oct 2010

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Business class prices currently starting at $764 one-way for Sale and $977 for Saver - just don't leave your run too late and have to stump $2,500 for Flex. Still, they're fairly competitive prices.

09 Jul 2014

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I'm really not sure whether to be happy or offended about this news... Is Perth not good enough for better aircraft and better scheduling?

With the current iron ore problems, now doesn't seem any better economically than when they pulled out of the route in the first place. Hopefully it's just the start of better things though.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

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Which is a better aircraft (not bigger!!!) than a new 737 for likely loads???

09 Jul 2014

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I guess when QF roll out swank J on A330s, and then give WA this J offering, some of us reserve the right to be a little miffed, exclamation mark.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Define better? It is all about the load to be carried. No point flying a 'better' (if you will) A330 if it is half empty and making a loss.

09 Jul 2014

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I understand they're a business making business decisions based on bottom line but back when they did fly this route I can't even begin to tell you how many times it was a schmidtfight trying to get confirmed seats on this route. It was heavily booked more often than not.

I have clients who have been hanging for this news since they pulled it. Sure, not all of them will care about the product offering; they'll definitely care about the light scheduling though.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great step for them to bring it back. It just feels a bit token gesture. Hopefully that will improve down the track if/when the route does well. Perth hasn't felt the love for a while...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2014

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737 or not, the Qantas experience beats the Jetstar offering in both classes and gives Perth based travellers some options to earn points and status credits at a full rate when travelling direct to Asia. 

Very good first step, though I expect the majority of the success will be made in the economy cabin. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Nov 2011

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Wow these threads quickly get sidetracked! I think there is a lot of positive in this news.  QF are trying to resucitate a route that in important to the network, and important to loyalty.  They have consistently touted re-investment and renewal in the international network once profit was achieved.

Sure it may not be what we would all like (daily A330s with flat beds) but it is a positive step in the right direction.  I note that going back a few years Jakarta was an Int. destination from Perth with 737s prior to the jetstar take over, and as other posters have mentioned there are many airlines that use 737s/A320s for similar length flights.

I suspect that if they can re-establish a customer base, aim to expland it with competative pricing etc then this route may be ripe for a 787 etc in the not so distant future.

As I said, its a good sign of things to come.  Maybe direct ADL-SIN will come next...although that might be a bit long for a 737... 

One world

22 Sep 2013

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Try the business class of Air Asia and the price !!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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Give us the news so many want...Singapore to London!!

07 Oct 2012

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Will be waiting for that news for a long long time... 

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

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Many of us miss those days.Just sitting next to someone when I last flew Qantas ADL-SIN connecting onto the BA12 onto London got me thinking how much we QF lot who fear Dubai really miss our beloved Favourite city of Asia.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

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I'm with you Franz.  Though my experience in Dubai is now five years past, I will always remember the treatment we received in transit, many stuff-ups requiring us to endure security screeneing twice, just being tolerated by counter staff at the transfer counter, and watching almost a hundred guest workers from Bangladesh being treated in an inhumane way.  Things may have improved since, but it has really put me off flying thru there.  Exteme opposite to that is the norm in Singapore.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Singaporians and indeed those from Hong Kong, don't treat their migrant workers any better. Why do you think these countries get so rich? Mostly off the back of migrant workers.

 

 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

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Can't argue with that AJW, have seen many examples of that in my time in various cities, but this was in full public view in an airport terminal where you would expect that you should be putting your best foot forward for all to see, not the worst you can do.

PJM
PJM

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Sep 2012

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The departure timing from PER to SIN is to early especially of a Wednesday when there are many FIFO workers that arrive into Perth Domestic terminal from 10.00am to 11.20am time slots and hence are unable to get to the international terminal to board this QF flight. Hence will have to stay flying with SQ as they has the best depature slot to pick up all relative customers to SIN. Qantas need to consult the travelling commuter before jumping at shadows. SQ have the lions share believe I fly from PER to SIN every week and there aircraft and service are impeccable. Qantas needs to do some more homework on this flight as basically they have gone into direct competition with one of asia's largest airlines. 

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Singapore Airlines has the Lions share of traffic because of where they can take passengers beyond Singapore.

Only about 30% of all passengers that pass through Changi actually enter Signapore. And of those 30% many are only stopping over for a night or two on the way to/from somewhere else and of course some live there too. Doesn't leave much left for others to pick up the slack on.

Additionally Singapore attracts on average 2410 Australians visitors a day. Now WA has about 10% of the population of Australia, so if we were to assume that travel patterns were equal around Aus, that means that there are only 240 passengers a day from WA. Of course we need to factor in Singaporians visiting WA. Either way it doesn't leave much of a passenger pool if you don't have the ability to take or receive passengers beyond does it?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

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Why would you want PJs on a 5 hr flight Singapore to Perth?   I doubt they get them issued in biz on a Sydney to Perth flight.

 

They still have a long way to go to win me back, a 737 just doesnt cut it.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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The old Qantas has almost been ressurected.

QFF

19 Sep 2013

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An absolute joke, to remove the 330 service with Skybeds, then reinstate it with those horrible 737s. The little leprechaun just doesn't get it.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Maybe your right the leprechaun doesn't get it. I mean to say how silly wasting A330's with flat beds on 4.5 hour domestic flights when there are ports in Asia that those A330's could be used on, ex Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne you know the corridor where 80% of the countries population lives. I mean to say the rest of the world gets by quite nicley with A320's and 737's on 4-6 hour flights.

 

 

 

 

JBH
JBH

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 May 2012

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Good to see QF have come to their senses and returned this service albeit piece meal 737 metal and 5 days a week. Come on QF step up and compete. The irony was not lost with the email blast today from QF praising themselves on the return of service "Perth, we missed you." the opening line, really?

Who's complaining? Bring on the cheap direct Oneworld fares from Perth to Singapore vv.

To those moaners: It's only a 5h flight. Suck it up princesses.

To Qantas: Don't even dream of charging premium fares on this sector. It's not going to happen.  

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

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I agree quit complaining.I remember the days when every week they ran a Jumbo Adelaide via Perth to Singapore way back in 1990 and that was a much bigger plane than the 738's THEY use now.I would have done for an inbuilt audio video on demand system back then but other than that no worries.I know they don't unless you count the two BA services to London have feed to the UK out of any Australian City but it is a start.

20 Feb 2012

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Interesting to see all the comments.

i think it's great that Qantas has restarted the service. To compete they actually may want to equip their 737 with a slightly better business class product and remove some of the economy seats.

There are lots of airlines that have put large business class seats 50-60inch pitch on 737/a320s. Virgin America first has 55" pitch.

This large business class would also work on the cross country flights and would be very welcome to the 737. They could even use some of the seats out of the refurbished 767s that are just standing there unused.

In Economy you would be better flying Scoot/Singapore as you get more legroom. As it stands even Scoot has more room in its Y and J products. So the only product they are beating is JQ.

Will people travel on it? I think so. There are still lots of people that chase the status credits, their company has agreements or they simply love to fly the red tail.

07 Feb 2013

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With 100 A320's on order (Qantas group, ostensibly for Jetstar), the notion of mainline QF replacing the 73's with Airbus metal is entirely plausible. The recently announced LR version of the A321 Neo would make an excellent mid - haul platform... I recently flew JetBlue's 'Mint' business class cabin LA - NY... they're fitted with basically the same lie flat seat that QF have refurbed the A330's with. JB's are in a staggered four abreast - two abreast config, meaning every second row has two private 'suites'... while not a widebody it is an excellent setup, and the range of the LR would allow direct flights to just about everywhere in Asia. On busier routes it would allow them to increase frequency without adding too much capacity... 

 

22 Oct 2014

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The PER - SIN is a good size market now... so I think the decision to re-launch the service with a 737 is a bit gutless... my decision would be to re-launch with a large aircraft (larger the better) and spoil the passengers with a smorgasboard of special (experimental?) services and goodies... with the established pricing in this market established, passengers with switch for something special in the service area; the spaciouness of a large aircraft adds significant value to passenger comfort! Like a nice size bar and lounge in the economy section... something unusual but special! And maybe Uber Black rides to the airport for Business and First Class pax...  make it the 'Gereatest Show On Earth' type of flight... all with adequat  pre-launch publicity of course!

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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 PER-SIN with SIN as a destination is not a good market. About 300 seats a day. The reason SQ has so many flights and on wide bodies and the reason Qantas had A330's before is because of the passengers using SIN as a transit point to somewhere else. But SIN as a destination not that big in the grand scheme of things.

Posted the stats a couple of times now but only 30% of all passengers that pass through Changi actually enter Singapore, and that 30% also includes those that may be using Singapore for a night or two stop over. 


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