Executive Traveller [新聞日期]
Qantas may add Singapore or Hong Kong stopover to Perth-London flight
Qantas will divert its QF9 and QF10 flights around Iranian airspace, but the
longer route will require some compromises.
By David Flynn, January 8 2020
Hostilities between the US and Iran could see Qantas forced to add a brief
stopover in Singapore or even Hong Kong to its direct Perth-London Boeing 787
The daily QF9 and QF10 flights, which Qantas launched to much fanfare in
March 2018, currently traverse Iranian airspace but will now be giving the
area a wide berth, in light of a decision by the US Federal Aviation
Administration to ban US carriers from flying over a large swath of the
Middle East – specifically Iran, Iraq, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf
between Iran and Saudi Arabia – "due to heightened military activities and
increased political tensions."
Several other international airlines are following the FAA's lead, but in the
case of Qantas' Perth-London flights, the longer route will impact the
route's finely-tuned economics which balance the number of passengers against
the Boeing 787-9's fuel capacity.
A Qantas spokesman says that some 90 seats will be left vacant on the
Perth-London QF9 flight in order to reduce the overall weight and compensate
for the diversion, which will now bypass Iran and Iraq and track across
Afghanistan, adding around 40-50 minutes to the journey. The red-tailed
Boeing 787-9 normally carries 236 passengers.
However, a Qantas spokesperson tells Executive Traveller the airline is
"looking at temporarily routing QF9 through Asia until we’re able to return
to our normal flight path through the Middle East."
"This would mean a fuel stop in a city like Singapore or Hong Kong but it
would enable us to still carry a full load of passengers on these
heavily-booked flights, and minimise disruption that way. We’ll reach out to
passengers directly if there’s any change to their booking.”
The London-Perth QF10 service will carry a full complement of passengers and
continue to fly non-stop, as this return leg takes advantage of high
受更改航路,需繞道而行的影響, Qantas 的選擇
1. 空出/block 90個座位,這樣就仍然可以不停站直飛了.
(787-9 全滿也才236個座位/42C + 28PE + 166Y)
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