Perth will again be served by year-round Qantas international services after the airline announced on Friday plans to operate fives times weekly flights to Singapore.
The new flights will be operated by narrowbody 737-800s and are due to commence from June 26.
“We know how important it is for West Australian business travellers to have seamless access to Asia so we’re delighted to be able to offer the Perth-Singapore route with a schedule and aircraft type that will make it commercially viable,” Qantas International Chief Executive Officer Gareth Evans said.
“The new international service has been made possible through the Qantas Group’s aircraft utilisation program – which is about having the right aircraft on the right route – and matching schedules with customer demand.”
Flight QF71 will depart Perth at 1200 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, arrving in Singapore at 1720. After a short turn-around the reciprocal QF72 flight will depart Singapore at 1815, arriving back in Perth at 2340.
Qantas ceased its daily Perth-Singapore Airbus A330 services in May 2014, but has operated some peak holiday season seasonal flights since. Further additional seasonal flights will operate in October 2015 and April 2016, Qantas says.
The Australian airline also codeshares on alliance partner Emirates’ services to Dubai and beyond, while Jetstar Asia flies between Singapore and Perth 13 times a week.