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Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017
Qantas, the leading Australian airline, has announced it will switch the refuelling stop on its flagship route from Heathrow to Sydney and back. Dubai is to be ditched from March 2018 as the airline reverts to a Singapore refuelling stop.
After Qantas collaborated with Emirates some five years ago, it switched its UK-Australia flights to Dubai from Singapore.
The London-Melbourne Qantas flights will now fly from Heathrow to Perth avoiding Dubai from next March.
The Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, said, “Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.” He also said that they have plans to start non-stop flights from Heathrow to Sydney.
“Improvements in aircraft technology mean the Qantas network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Europe and Australia,” he said.
Non-stop London-Sydney flight would approximately take around 20 hours, which would save the three-hours halt presently. With the Singapore stop, the London-Sydney trip will be slightly shorter due to flying a more direct track.
The Qantas move increases capacity between London and Singapore, which will add to the challenge faced on the route by Norwegian. Presently, the airline flies 2000 passengers per day to, from or through Dubai International – which is even less than 1% of the airport’s throughput.