Qantas Stops Frankfurt Service

29th Apr 2013

Qantas finally ended in mid-April its service to Frankfurt, Germany, its last link to the continent that remained in its global network. The daily service, QF5/QF6, was the last flight that connected Australia to continental Europe via Singapore.

With the cancellation of its Frankfurt service, London is now the only city left in its European network. London is served by the superjumbo jet, A380, from Melbourne and Sydney via Dubai.

However, travelers to Germany will find Emirates' extensive network to Europe from major points in Australia. Qantas and Emirates have forged partnership through codeshare agreement which offers passengers from both airlines easy access to their respective route networks. This set-up allows passengers to book multiple flights or several legs on either airline only once.

Emirates currently flies to four German cities from its hub in Dubai which include Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.

Any Emirates flight to these European cities from Australia via Dubai will be a better proposition as it will have a shorter waiting time between flights.

Originally Qantas was planning to stop its Frankfurt service in October yet but their losses on this route was too much to bear.

The airline CEO, Simon Hickey, revealed that the cancellation of its Frankfurt service was compounded by the age of the aircraft which requires costly maintenance.

The same aircraft, however, will still ply the Sydney-Singapore leg and vice versa. The schedule, though, will have to be changed, which will now see the same flight departing from Sydney at 1pm and touches down at Singapore at 7:20pm.

A mix of Boeing 747 and Airbus 330 aircraft will be utilized on these flights. Hickey said that he favors the B747 plane to serve the Sydney to Singapore leg more than the rumored A380 jumbo jet as the route is a medium-haul.

He said that the A380 jumbos will only be used for long-haul flights such as Dubai and London. Qantas will take delivery of more A380s through 2016.

Hickey was quoted as saying that the strategy they use for Singapore is geared towards optimum utilization of efficient aircraft such as the A330s and B787s.

Hong Kong is an exemption, Hickey said, possibly noting the city being a major gateway to mainland China. Its Sydney-Hong Kong flights will continue to use the A380 superjumbo jet. Qantas offers all-first class cabin on this route.