It’s goodbye Dubai and hi there as soon as once more to Singapore as Qantas rejigs its Kangaroo Route to London this weekend.
Almost 5 years to the day that the Qantas-Emirates alliance noticed the long-standing Singapore stopover axed in favour of Emirates’ Dubai hub, the Gulf metropolis will see its final Qantas flight on Saturday March 24.
From Sunday March 25, Singapore is again in favour.
(Not unrelated, this is similar weekend as Qantas begins its continuous Boeing 787 flights from Perth to London, with Perth turning into an Aussie launchpad for direct flights which Qantas hopes will quickly lengthen to Paris and Frankfurt.)
A brand new course
The Singapore-Dubai-Singapore switch-around represents a uncommon 180 diploma turnaround for the Flying Kangaroo – for any airline, come to consider it.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the transfer is because of the Qantas-Emirates alliance “evolving to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.”
Equally uncommon to Qantas’ backflip is that just about all people I’ve spoken with is in settlement with Joyce’s choice.
A story of 2 cities
Most Australian enterprise travellers – most Aussie travellers on the whole – desire Singapore to Dubai, no matter whether or not it is for a two-hour pit-stop on the airport or a two-day keep to interrupt their journey.
“The flight schedule is definitely a plus for Singapore,” says Sydney-based retail purchaser Leigh Baxter, who tells High Flyer she moved a few of her journey to Singapore Airlines as soon as Qantas shifted to Dubai.
“I can work and relax during the seven daytime hours from Sydney to Singapore, and then the 14 hour overnight leg to London is my chance to really sleep and get into the UK timezone.”
“Dubai pretty much flipped that around. The long flight to Dubai was quite a drag and the seven hour leg to London, during which the crew serve supper and breakfast, is good for only a nap rather than a proper sleep.”
While that appears to be the response of most travellers, some really feel in another way in regards to the Dubai stopover.
“I much prefer to transit at Dubai” says Dr Fiona Downes who flies with Qantas to London a minimum of thrice every year and makes use of her frequent flyer factors to improve from enterprise class to top notch.
“I like having a longer leg flying back into Australia from Europe, those short overnight flights from Asia make it very hard to get a decent rest.”
Downes additionally cites the Emirates top notch lounge in Dubai as one thing she’ll miss, and believes the Qantas lounge at Singapore will probably be a particular step down for top notch flyers.
“Neither the Qantas or British Airways lounges in Singapore come anywhere close to what’s offered at Dubai in terms of food, service and ease of access to boarding.”
The lounge impact
Several top notch travellers and Platinum-grade frequent flyers have voiced related issues, noting that Qantas’ Singapore lounge is a single-class lounge with successfully the identical service for everyone from Qantas Club members to the Airbus A380’s big-spending top notch passengers.
Dr Henry Woo, a North Sydney specialist, agrees that the comparatively quick flight from Singapore to Sydney is not one of the simplest ways to finish the journey.
“The flight is only seven hours and at an absolute maximum, the best you could get would be a five for six hour sleep on these overnight flights.”
“For me, this amount of rest doesn’t allow for high-level functioning on the day of return so effectively a business day is lost.”
My private desire? It’s lengthy been Singapore. I desire it as a metropolis and I discover the flight timings simpler to deal with. Sometimes I am going to break my journey in Singapore for a couple of conferences and typically even do a fast journey to Hong Kong, so I can knock over per week’s price of enterprise in Asia as an alternative of creating separate journey.
Few folks spend extra time on planes, in lounges or mulling over the most effective methods to make use of frequent flyer factors than David Flynn, the editor of Australian Business Traveller journal. His unparalleled information of all elements of enterprise journey connects strongly with the pursuits of Executive Style readers.
What’s your desire for the Kangaroo Route’s stopover metropolis: Dubai or Singapore?
David Flynn from executivestyle.com.au