All posts tagged: Qantas

Qantas settles on A350-1000 for its ultra long haul ambitions

Boeing loses out on this Project Sunrise race, although no orders have been placed with Airbus, yet. What Is Qantas’ Project Sunrise? Qantas’ Project Sunrise is essential a challenge aimed at planemakers back in 2017 for an aircraft that has the ability to fly non-stop, with full payload, from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. Being geographically challenged, Qantas has traditionally serviced faraway destinations with a stop in between, such as Sydney-Singapore-London and Melbourne-Los Angeles-New York. Currently the world’s longest flight is operated by Singapore Airlines’ A350-900ULR on its Singapore-Newark service. That flight covers a distance of over 9,500 miles and takes about 18 hours each way. Qantas’ own longest flight at the moment is the Sydney-Dallas Fort-Worth service, an 8,400-mile service served by an Airbus A380. This will soon be overtaken a new Brisbane-Chicago service that Qantas is starting from April 2020, which will top out at some 8,900 miles, taking between 16 and 17 hours. The project name is a nod to the original Kangaroo route in the 1940s from London …

LOUNGE REVIEW: Qantas Singapore First Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1

Qantas has spared no effort in publicising its plans to open a new first class lounge in Singapore since last year, and finally, it’s here. Since last week, Qantas has quietly opened the first class lounge before the official opening gala slated to happen next week. I was travelling out and was fortunate enough to be guested into the lounge. I have tried Qantas’ first class last year when it resumed the A380 service to Singapore, and was looking forward to see what the lounge here in Singapore will offer. Location of the Qantas Singapore First Lounge The brand new lounge is located at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, where Qantas and Jetstar operates. For those who are familiar with the existing Qantas Singapore Lounge (which have since been rebranded as the Qantas Singapore Business Lounge), the Qantas Singapore First Lounge is located on the opposite end of the terminal, closer to the D gates. While the terminal is not huge, it will still take about a 7 to 10-minute hike to traverse between both …

Qantas kicks off 100th birthday celebration with a 100-hour sale

Return fares to Australia from S$439, London from S$949 Qantas has officially kicked off its centenary celebrations with a worldwide sale to run for only 100 hours, or just over 4 days. Almost all headline destinations that Qantas flies to are on sale, including Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. Premium economy and business class seats are also on sale, for very attractive prices. Return premium economy fares to Sydney and Melbourne are going for $1499, while business class seats starts from $2999, a steal for Australia. Fares and valid travel dates Full list of fares below: From Singapore to Return fare from (S$) Class Economy Premium Economy Business Perth 439 – 1999 Brisbane 525 1449 2949 Melbourne 549 1449 2949 Sydney 579 1449 2999 Adelaide 669 – 3299 Wellington 739 1549 4599 Auckland 879 1749 4599 Christchurch 979 1849 4499 Queenstown 989 1849 4899 London 949 2849 5199 The sale fares are only valid for the following travel periods: Destination Class For travel commencing AustraliaNew Zealand All classes 1 Feb to 9 Apr 20203 …

Qantas Singapore First Lounge to open doors in late November

The much awaited first class lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 1 should open from the week of 18 November 2019 Finally we are very near to the fanfare: the Qantas Singapore First Lounge is expected to open this month, in November. The airline has earlier said that the lounge will be opened in mid to late November. Based on sources, the lounge should be opened from 18 November 2019 if there are no hiccups. Official opening on 2 December Based on a report by Executive Traveller, the official opening date of the lounge is set to be on 2 December 2019, and Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce will be present to officiate the opening. However, according to some sources, there seems to be a staff event over the weekend of 16 & 17 November as a trial before the doors are opened to customers on 18 November, Monday. Long awaited development As early as mid-2018, Qantas announced that it will be building a separate First class lounge for its topmost tier members, a nod to …

Qantas’ refurbished A380 takes to the skies

After more than 18 months since Qantas announced a refurbishment programme for its A380 fleet, the first of the refreshed birds is finally out of the factory and back in the skies. The first of Qantas’ twelve refurbished Airbus A380 will begin flying the flagship Sydney-Singapore-London route next week, following an extensive make-over which includes a modernisation of the first class cabin and installation of the airline’s latest business class seats, along with two new upper deck lounges. What has changed? The multimillion-dollar upgrade most significantly features an upgraded business class cabin featuring their flagship business suites, as well as their latest premium economy product. The upper deck is also now exclusively premium, with all economy class seats now moved to the lower deck. The on-board lounge has also been redesigned.  Don’t expect to see a brand new first class product on the Qantas A380 – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing given that the product actually works (see my review here!) and remains pretty luxurious even a decade after it was first rolled out.  …