Qantas scraps Dubai stopover for Singapore

Changes come as Qantas extends its Emirates partnership
Qantas will re-route its Sydney to London A380 service via Singapore instead of Dubai from March 25 next year, as it extends its partnership with Emirates for another five years.
In addition to maintaining a second daily flight between Singapore and Sydney using an A330, Qantas will in March upgrade its existing 10-times weekly Melbourne-Singapore A330 service to twice daily, operated by both A380 and A330 aircraft.
This will bring Qantas’ total number of flights from Australia to London via Singapore to 49 a week, with a total of over 17,600 one-way seats.
With the change, Qantas passengers will be given the choice of hubbing through Perth, Singapore or Dubai (with Emirates) on trips to Europe.
The Australian airline previously announced it was replacing its Melbourne-Dubai-London service with its ultra-longhaul Melbourne-Perth-London 787 Dreamliner flights. Qantas passengers will also still be able travel to Europe via Dubai using Emirates’ 77 weekly services to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Qantas estimates the changes will give it an annualised net benefit of more than AS80 million (€53.2 million) from FY2019.
“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 A380s flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce explained.
“Improvements in aircraft technology mean the Qantas network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Australia and Europe, but this will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our customers.”
TTG Asia

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