17 APR 15
Come June 26, around one year after the cut of the international route from Perth, and all international routes from the mining capital, apart from the seasonal Perth-Auckland route, serviced by an A330-200, Qantas plans to resume service between Perth and Singapore on a 5 times weekly basis.
It will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which is similar to how Scoot first operated when their Perth operations began, however, May 1 this year will see Scoot go daily to Singapore.
The Qantas flights, which will be operated by a single-aisle Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will depart Perth as QF 71 on the days already mentioned at 12 noon arriving in Singapore at 5:20pm, pushing back from Singapore as QF72 at 6:25pm arriving back into Perth at 11:40pm
The selected aircraft, a lot smaller than the previously used Airbus A330 by Qantas, although featuring a Business class cabin, it will not feature the lie flat beds, and will be a lot more compact, compared to the equipment used by Singapore Airlines, who use Airbus A330’s and Boeing 777’s on the route, whilst Scoot, SIA’s subsidiary, features the world renowned Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
So can Qantas compete on the route, with their currently being a firm 7 daily flights from SIA, Scoot and Jetstar combined? And with a compact 737. We shall wait and see. But for those who are proud of the national airline, get in quick, the launch fares are $199 one way for economy at 10.30am WST Friday April 17 until 9:50pm WST Tuesday 28 April, or until sold out.
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said,
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;
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.
Low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar Asia operate 13 weekly services on the route and Jetstar Australia with 7 via Denpasar.
Image credit to Perth Aviation Photography – Jacob Roberts