It's been almost three years since Qantas and Emirates joined forces in an alliance which, among other things, saw Dubai replace Singapore as the Flying Kangaroo's international hub.
And it's been a year since Australian Business Traveller last asked readers which cities they prefer to use for a transit or stopover en route to the UK or Europe.
That 2015 poll saw Singapore and Hong Kong pegged well ahead of Dubai (the respective numbers: 43%, 29% and 11%).
Dubai still enjoys pole position in terms of sheer traffic, with Qantas and Emirates both feeding into the UAE metropolis.
But the continued popularity of Singapore Airlines and its excellent connections keep the former Qantas hub of Singapore high up on the grid, with an assist by flights from other airlines including Finnair, Lufthansa and Swiss.
Cathay Pacific has certainly seen enough of an uptick in bookings to upgrade two of its Sydney-Hong Kong flights to large Boeing 777-300ER jets, with Melbourne now also in the mix.
The appeal of both Singapore and Hong Kong is boosted when travellers choose break their journey with one or two nights in those Asian business hubs.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there: other popular options for stopovers en route to the UK or Europe include Abu Dhabi with Etihad, Bangkok with Thai Airways, Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, China Southern's 'Canton Route' via Guangzhou, Garuda Indonesia's home port of Jakarta and Qatar Airways' growing Doha hub.
There are also routes less-travelled such as Seoul (with Asiana and Korean Air) and Tokyo (Japan Airlines).
So we reckon it's time to test the temperature once again, and ask AusBT readers: which city is your preferred transit or stopover when flying to the UK or Europe?
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