Qantas has extended its partnership with Emirates for another five years, subject to government and regulatory approval. Today both airlines offer more than 100 codeshare destinations including 33 in Europe, 60 in Australia and New Zealand, 14 in Africa and the Middle East and 2 in Asia. Since the partnership in 2013, over eight million passengers have travelled on the joint network with over 65 billion kilometres. On average, more than 10,000 Emirates passengers have travelled on the Qantas’ domestic and regional services within Australia each month increasing to 20,000 during peak periods.
From March 2018, Qantas will offer three hub options between Australia and UK/Europe through Dubai, Perth and Singapore. On 25 March 2018, QF1/2 will be operated with an A380 between Sydney – London via Singapore. This replaces one of the existing Sydney – Singapore A330 services. The second Sydney – Singapore daily service will continue to be operated on an A330 aircraft.
From 25 March 2018, one daily Qantas Melbourne – Singapore service will be upgraded from an A330 to an A380 (QF35/36) with the second thrice per week service increased to daily A330 service (QF37/38). That is an increase from 10x to 14x weekly. The additional services will provide an additional 3,806 one way seats (+5.5%) on Singapore -Australia routes every week, and an additional 3,388 one=way seats (+18.3%) on Singapore-UK routes weekly.
Today, Qantas operates 38 services every week from Singapore to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. British Airways, EMirates, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Scoot, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines also operate flights collectively from Changi Airport to Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, with over 230 services a week.
Australia is among Changi Airport’s top five country markets in terms of passenger traffic, with more than 5.5 million passengers travelling between Singapore and Australia annually. For the first seven months of 2017, passenger traffic between the two countries rose 3.6% year-on-year to 3.3 million of which Sydney and Melbourne were Changi Airport’s 10th and 11th busiest routes respectively.
Tickets for these new services will be available from tomorrow and customers with existing bookings impacted by these changes will be re-accommodated onto the new services or will be given the option to change their flights.
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