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Qantas international flights return to Perth with new Singapore services

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 17, 2015
Qantas 737-800
737-800s will operate Qantas’s new Perth-Singapore flights.

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.

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“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.

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27 Comments

  • Bradley

    says:

    Awesome news for Perth, have heard this has been on the cards for a while, would be great to see 737 service to Singapore from Darwin and Cairns too

  • Ben

    says:

    Great to see qantas return, even if it is with a smaller aircraft

  • RonA

    says:

    Fantastic for the business travelers in Perth, now what about business travelers in Adelaide, we don’t even have the Jetstar option. (not that I would use this sub standard product anyway)

  • Sas Saddick

    says:

    qanras, you rock! The best decision from West Australians. We wish you every success.

  • Sas Saddick

    says:

    Qantas, you rock! The best decision ever. We all wish you every success.

  • Mark

    says:

    Please bring back Singapore to London…..now that would be really good news!!

  • Dave

    says:

    Good news, I think this is a sure sign that QF has been able to turn things around. Hopefully a slow and steady return to international services out of Perth occurs over the coming years. Its a competitive market so i hope they can keep their fairs competitive with a view to holding market share but contain costs. Perhaps the 737 is the best vehicle to achieve that.

  • Munro

    says:

    They ditched perth without a second thought why on earth would anyone forgive them for that. Singapore airlines is my airline of choice now.

  • jasontaylor

    says:

    previously I had made comment on the need for direct Red Roo (not Jetstar) SIN – PTH route re-introduction, especially once Q had returned to profit. Whilst not a widebody, its a start and I will be utilising the service. Maybe the introduction of Red Roo B787s will see the upgrade.

  • Warren

    says:

    It is good to hear this development. It is great that these flights are more or less in normal hours, and not red eyes, like SIN to BNE/SYD/MEL. (Qantas please put one of the flights from SIN to East Australia on during the day (eg dep SIN 7am to 9am) and not overnight.
    Not all business people travel business class, and I despise travelling overnight.
    I hope it is successful. It would be nice if they could push the service onto Hong Kong,(as in the past), or Shanghai or Beijing. Good work.

  • Stuart lawrence

    says:

    The 737 would have to fly half empty to have the fuel to go all the way to Singapore. If Qantas want to make money then say should fly one of their airbus 330 and really compete with SIngapore airlines.

  • Rhino

    says:

    Can you fly direct from Singapore to Port Heiden?

  • James from Sydney

    says:

    Western Australians note. If you like the idea of Qantas servicing Perth and want to keep the service operating, then you have to give Qantas your business and not foreign airlines.

  • Greg

    says:

    Singapore Airlines is far superior all round!

  • Aubrey Adams

    says:

    I’m by no means anti-QF but I can’t help feeling that this is just a token effort by the flying roo. It may mean something to those who fly somewhere once a week and accumulate and use QF FF points, but the (lack of) frequency, a/c type (a dozen or so full fares in the pointy end), and no real onward connectivity into Asia isn’t going to cut it with the “in-between” Perth-based pax.
    [Where I define “in-between” as economy tourists who can’t afford business class but also have had their full of sharing their seat, legroom, and elbow room with the hordes of Denpasar or Phuket-bound bogans.]
    I’ve rarely flown QF internationally from Perth because they simply do not fly to where I want to go, when I want to go, and at the (“in-between”) fare that I’m willing to pay.
    If I’m headed to SE or East Asia, or N America, then it’s SQ and CP; to Europe it’s EK. Ex-Perth QF just doesn’t offer what I (and I suspect many others) want. If they are serious about offering something to Perth pax that will bring them back then I can’t see how competing with established carriers on routes that QF have abandoned is going to be a winner.
    The last time QF did anything innovative out of Perth was the “Wallaby Route” to JNB just after WWII. C’mon QF show us what you’re made of, create new markets, take us to new places that no one else services from Perth. Offer 2 flights a week each to NRT or KIX; and to Xi’an or Chengdu or Chongqing or Shanghai; and to Chennai or Bangalore or anywhere in India. Set these 6 flights up for, say, 18 months and advertise them as taking Perth pax to somewhere new. We want to know where QF can fly us to – we already know that they bring us home!

  • franz chong

    says:

    All is forgiven Qantas.You were the airline back in the days of the 707’s and early 747B’s that flew my parents from Singapore to Perth when they immigrated to Australia in 1972.I am not 100% on which one they would have been on.Scheduling is a good thing except for those of us connecting onwards to Adelaide which means waiting to close to 7am for a flight.

  • Ron Hall

    says:

    Why not seven days a week? It would be good if Qantas could extend their A330 Service from the Eastern States through to London from Singapore. Many of us prefer that route to going via Dubai, especially if you have business to do in Singapore en route Europe.

  • Davecat

    says:

    Well I am glad they are back in Perth providing an international option as I supported the original service with my patronage. The question I have is where was the innovation before cancelling the service and me passing my dollars over to SQ? Put a smaller aircraft on the route, lower your opex, raise yoyr load factor, make a profit, well that’s just genius, Come on Qantas, you need to think beyond simply cost cutting, great airlines/businesses are both innovative and disciplined commercially. By pulling this service you handed over your market share and left your loyal customers questioning if you wanted a red tail international presence in WA.

    I will forgive and get back on board though I’m not sure all will be so loyal to the brand.

  • Alex

    says:

    In 2014 I was on QF77 and QF78 from perth to singapore return. I loved the Airbus A330-300, it was full of leg room and very nice meals. Its ais a long time to be in a plane so I am not to happy with the aircraft they are putting in place, the boeing 737-800 is a small plane for this type of job, with the seats only a three and three it isnt a good plane for familys who usally have four or more members, The Airbus A330-300 would be so much better for the job. Also using the flight number ’72’ isnt not a good idea because a few years ago thta flight number had to have an emergancy landing with lots of people hurt. I really dont the the 737-800 for nearly 5 hours and 20 minutes.

  • frank

    says:

    Hi Alex, i 100% agree with you the 737-800 is way to small bring back the A330-300

  • liam

    says:

    fly singapore airlines so much better

  • Greg

    says:

    Having experienced SIA I still always chose QANTAS because they had a comparable product and I like the small Australian touches when Im coming home like be greeted by one of ours.
    But how do you go from 2x daily A330 services to nothing to a single 5x a week 737 service. Over the years you squeeze extra rows in these narrow bodies and now expect us to fly 5hrs for $500 one way when we can jump on triple SIA services running a 777 or A330 product for cheaper while choosing a time that better suits us. Do you think that your 737 can compete with a SIA business or Scoot Dreamliner economy?
    Perth International Terminal is being upgraded with a A380 gate. If you want to do something innovating how about launching a Perth – LHR direct A380 service and make Perth a gateway hub to Australia/ Oceania. You could offer a codeshare to BA and have a one stop Qantas service from each Capitol city which you don’t have now. You could even add connecting services to NZ.

  • Mackai

    says:

    Qantas your bound to fail this route again, the 737 5x weekly service is a half effort atempt, I get you might be phasing it back into something bigger and minimize your costs will be building your market, but try something different. Like commented above try a new market, advertise it and build it. There are lots of FIFO that will go overseas and use your services, but not to Singapore, take a service to Bali or Lombok, try something new Kota Kinibalu is under served and Malaysia airlines publicity is damaged, or mabey Tokyo, Phuket, Phnom Penh, The Seychelles, Maldives

  • Mike P

    says:

    The 737 is certainly not the right aircraft to compete on this route with S.I.A 330’s.

  • David W

    says:

    If only QANTAS had the 787-9’s rather than the 737-800″s

  • jasontaylor

    says:

    I agree the A330-300 is by far the better option for a whole lot of reasons. Whilst I still believe the B737 is a start, maybe delete one of the daily Jetstar options (180 seats) and combine that capacity with the 160 odd seats of the B737 to justify the A330. Makes sense to me to provide a far superior product with slightly less overall capacity on a daily daylight AM schedule ex PTH, returning that daily PM. 2100 seats a week, shouldn’t be too hard to fill. And for those chasing the cheap seats, Jetstar via elsewhere is still available on a daily. Then QANTAS is competing close to like for like on most airlines. Maybe establish an A330-300 base ex PTH for daily Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai with Dubai to London and Singapore to London. If QANTAS are definite on competition, the money and demand is in Perth, supply the metal and the demand will follow. Show some initiative and a little risk QANTAS, WA has been providing you with some good income courtesy of a strong economy, about time you committed again to PTH rather than hide behind the lack of market. The only reason QANTAS lost market share was because of the lack of commitment. The frequencies of the other airlines proves the demand has always been there. Surely the “arrangement” between Emirates and QANTAS along should be strong enough for Emirates to relinquish one of their flights to QANTAS (He says tongue in cheek).

  • franz chong

    says:

    The 738 is not that small.Think back to the 707 era when Qantas had those from Perth to Singapore.Roughly about the same size and also in two class basis or the early 767’s they had on the same service.I think way too many of us over the years have been spoilt by Singapore Airlines with their superior service and generous meals to notice the difference.I have done the service ADL-SIN-ADL SIA back in the day on the A310 which was 183 seats and did not notice except for the lack of middle cabin toilets how little it was.

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