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Qantas Essential Services in April / May 2020

Old Apr 10, 20, 4:19 am
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Qantas Essential Services in April / May 2020

Qantas will operate a limited number of flights for essential travel and to bring Aussies home. Only bookable in Economy with limited catering and no IFE. And sadly, no SCs or Points. If the Lufthansa repatriation flights from NZ etc. or the QF fligts from Lima are anything to go by then they will sell Economy but utilize all seats available.
One way MEL-LHR comes in at $1336.

Interesting that not a single flight originates from Sydney.
Brisbane to Hong Kong on QF97:
  • Wednesdays: 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May 2020
  • Saturdays: 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020
Hong Kong to Brisbane on QF98:
  • Fridays: 17, 24 April and 1 May 2020
  • Wednesdays: 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May 2020
Melbourne to Hong Kong on QF29:
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020
  • Fridays: 17, 24 April and 1 May 2020
Hong Kong to Melbourne on QF30:
  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020

Brisbane to Los Angeles on QF15:
  • Thursdays: 16, 23 and 30 April 2020
Los Angeles to Brisbane on QF16:
  • Fridays: 17, 24 April and 1 May 2020
Melbourne or Perth to London Heathrow on QF9:
  • Sundays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May 2020
London Heathrow to Melbourne on QF10:
  • Wednesdays: 22, 29 April and 6 May 2020
Brisbane to Auckland on QF119:
  • Thursdays: 16, 23, 30 April 2020
  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020
Auckland to Brisbane on QF126:
  • Thursdays: 16, 23 and 30 April 2020
  • Saturdays: 11, 18, 25 April and 2 May 2020
Melbourne to Auckland on QF151:
  • Sundays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May 2020
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020
Auckland to Melbourne on QF156:
  • Sundays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May 2020
  • Mondays: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May 2020
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Old Apr 10, 20, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by DownUnderFlyer View Post
Interesting that not a single flight originates from Sydney.
You missed the Lima flight that departs from Sydney (but returns to Brisbane): link

  • QF7027, departing Sydney at 11am on 12 April, arriving Lima at 10.10am on 12 April 2020.
  • QF7028, departing Lima at 11.10am on 13 April, arriving Brisbane at 5.40pm on 14 April 2020.
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Old Apr 10, 20, 5:08 am
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Well, I kind of missed it. The Lima flight is listed as a "special" flight on the website as it is my understanding that this is a government charter. The other flights are government assisted regular flights which can be booked online.
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Old Apr 10, 20, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by DownUnderFlyer View Post
Well, I kind of missed it. The Lima flight is listed as a "special" flight on the website as it is my understanding that this is a government charter. The other flights are government assisted regular flights which can be booked online.
Nope, the SYD-LIM flight can be booked online and the LIM-BNE flight over the phone, almost like with any regular commercial flight (though these flights are of course intended for repatriation purposes).

Sydney to Lima
Flights can be booked and paid for online at qantas.com. Alternatively, if you'd like to book and pay for this flight using a valid flight credit, call Australia on +61 8222 2422.
Bookings for the flight from Sydney to Lima will close at 6am (AEST) on Sunday 12 April 2020, unless sold out prior.

Lima to Brisbane
To book this flight, please call Australia on +61 8222 2422.
Bookings for the flight from Lima to Brisbane will close at 11pm on Sunday 12 April 2020 in Lima, Peru (2pm (AEST) on Monday 13 April), unless sold out prior.
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Old Apr 10, 20, 9:30 am
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Why not Sydney? Is there more hotel quarantine capacity in the other cities?
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Old Apr 10, 20, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by DownUnderFlyer View Post
Interesting that not a single flight originates from Sydney.

Brisbane to Hong Kong on QF97:

Hong Kong to Brisbane on QF98:

Melbourne to Hong Kong on QF29:

Hong Kong to Melbourne on QF30:
Can transit pax get on these flights in HKG - has HKSARG provided an exception for these flights?

Otherwise why not get on CX101 HKG-SYD? Still 3FPW.

Unless...people can't move around state capitals now that domestic services are also virtually grounded?
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Old Apr 10, 20, 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted by DownUnderFlyer View Post
.....Interesting that not a single flight originates from Sydney......
Originally Posted by sxc View Post
Why not Sydney? Is there more hotel quarantine capacity in the other cities?
Originally Posted by percysmith View Post
.....Otherwise why not get on CX101 HKG-SYD? Still 3FPW.....
To me airlines are not really competing on routes. If an other airline is flying the route, they may let them have all the traffic (=little). Freight is very busy, with air freight rates increased
UA is still flying SFO-SYD. QR are still flying. NH going SYD to Japan. Air NZ SYD-AKL
The airport web sites give an indication of airlines still flying
https://www.sydneyairport.com.au/fli...&showAll=false
https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/...ights/Arrivals (poor indication of codeshares compared to SYD)

10 days old, so may be well of date---> https://www.executivetraveller.com/n...s-to-australia

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Old Apr 10, 20, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
Why not Sydney? Is there more hotel quarantine capacity in the other cities?
I think it is because the workforce at SYD International is separate to SYD Domestic. They have already stood down the entire workforce at SYD International when they ceased international flights and don't want to recall them.

The workforce at MEL and BNE are shared. They can use the limited staff they had retained for domestic operations, to service these flights.
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Old Apr 10, 20, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
Why not Sydney? Is there more hotel quarantine capacity in the other cities?
According to Sam Chui :

"It is understood that none of the flights are going to Sydney, because the government wants to spread quarantine to other states."

https://samchui.com/2020/04/05/austr.../#.XpEboi-r3UI
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Old Apr 10, 20, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by DownUnderFlyer View Post
Interesting that not a single flight originates from Sydney.
Originally Posted by sxc View Post
Why not Sydney? Is there more hotel quarantine capacity in the other cities?
Because even limited, flights are still available from/to SYD, although they may not operated by QF. Then why bother making arrangement when Aussie can make the arrangements themselves?

Originally Posted by M.Wilson View Post
According to Sam Chui :

"It is understood that none of the flights are going to Sydney, because the government wants to spread quarantine to other states."

https://samchui.com/2020/04/05/austr.../#.XpEboi-r3UI
Total BS and baseless statement.
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Old Apr 10, 20, 11:57 pm
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
Why not Sydney? Is there more hotel quarantine capacity in the other cities?
That was the case with the Nepal private charter of AU travellers that returned recently. The Commonwealth would not issue a permit for a SYD arrival to spread to quarantine load and but a permit was issued for BNE.

It really comes down to logistics and where there are QF crew and quarantine accommodation and related security.

Note that each State is responsible for the quarantine costs of its own residents irrespective of the arriving port and host state.
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