Where Can You Fly? – A380

In today’s edition of Where Can You Fly?, we will be looking at all the different places you can fly from Sydney on the A380.


There are 14 different places that you can fly to on the A380 out of Sydney. This includes services on 9 different airlines. Asiana, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar and Singapore Airlines all bring their A380s to Sydney.

The inaugural passenger service of the A380 was operated by Singapore Airlines and touched down in Sydney on 27 October 2007 from Singapore becoming the world’s first A380 route. Since then, Sydney has grown to become one of the largest A380 hubs in the world. It is home to the base of 8 Qantas A380s, a major focus city for Emirates A380s and has more airlines using A380s than any other airport.

Where you can fly on the A380;

  • Abu Dhabi – Etihad
  • Auckland – Emirates
  • Bangkok – Emirates
  • Christchurch – Emirates
  • Dallas Fort Worth – Qantas
  • Doha – Qatar
  • Duabi – Emirates
  • Guangzhou – China Southern
  • Hong Kong – Qantas
  • Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Airlines
  • London – Qantas (via Singapore)
  • Los Angeles – Qantas
  • Seoul – Asiana, Korean Air
  • Singapore – Qantas, Singapore Airlines


Where Can You Fly? – USA

This edition of Where Can You Fly, we are looking at all the US routes out of Sydney.

The US is one one of the most popular destinations out of Sydney, with loads of both Aussies and Americans traveling between the two everyday.

There is a long history of direct flights to the US from Sydney, staring with Qantas original Sydney – Honolulu – San Francisco flights on the 707 back in the 1960s, moving forward to direct flights to the 48 contiguous states on the 747 in the 1980s, through to the network we see today.

You can fly direct between 5 US cities in three different states. Onwards same plane connections exist to a sixth.  the most popular route is to LA, with nearly 40 weekly flights.

American Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia and United all fly between Sydney and the US, with Qantas undoubtedly being the largest carrier controlling 2/3 of the Sydney-US market, followed by United which has around 20% of the market.

Qantas flies a mix of A380 and 747 aircraft between Sydney and the US. Both American and United use 787 aircraft, whilst Delta and Virgin Australia offer the 777.

Routes from Sydney to the US

The routes are;

  • Dallas Fort Worth – Qantas
  • Honolulu – Hawaiian, Qantas
  • Houston – United
  • Los Angeles – American Airlines, Delta, Qantas, Virgin Australia, United
  • New York JFK – Qantas (same plane via LAX)
  • San Francisco – Qantas, United

Jetstar orders A321neoLR – to operate Sydney to Bali


Qantas has today confirmed that 18 of its order of 99 A320neo family aircraft will be A321neoLR to be operated by Jetstar. Deliveries will be in the 2020/21 and the 2021/22 financial years,

The A321neoLR is a brand new state of the art, highly efficient narrow body aircraft. It is the quietest, most fuel efficient and furthest flying of all competing aircraft. It has the range potential to fly Sydney to Singapore with a full load of 230 passengers.

The longer range of the A321neoLR means direct flights from East Coast of Australia to Bali, not previously possible with A320 aircraft. This will mean that Boeing 787s which currently operate Bali services can be freed up for extra flights to destinations such China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

They will also replace some of Jetstar’s oldest A320s on popular domestic routes such as Sydney to Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Some of the A320s will be moved to QantasLink to increase capacity on regional routes, whilst others will be returned to their lessor.

Where Can You Fly? – China

We are starting a new segment here at Transport NSW Blog, looking at all of the places you can fly from Sydney Airport. Today we are looking at China.

You can fly to 19 cities in China from Sydney, more than any other non-Chinese city. This shows the staggering demand for flights from Sydney to China.

A majority of the passengers are from China, which makes sense since 16 of the cities are only served by Chinese carriers.

A total of 10 carriers serve routes between Sydney and China, with most routes only being served by one or two carriers due to China’s One Airline policy. The largest carriers between Sydney and China are Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Qantas.

Most flights are operated by Airbus A330 aircraft, due to their medium size and relatively long range. Due to high demand, some routes are served by larger planes. China Eastern operates the 777 on its route to Shanghai and China Southern operates the A380 on its route to Guangzhou.

Routes from Sydney to China


The routes served are;

  • Beijing – Air China, China Eastern, Qantas
  • Changsha – Hainan Airlines
  • Chengdu – Air China
  • Chongqing – Sichuan Airlines
  • Fuzhou – Xiamen Airlines
  • Guangzhou – China Southern
  • Haikou – Hainan
  • Hangzhou – China Eastern
  • Hong Kong – Cathay Pacific, Qantas
  • Kunming – China Eastern
  • Nanjing – China Eastern
  • Qingdao – Beijing Capital
  • Shanghai – Air China, China Eastern, Qantas
  • Shenzhen – China Southern
  • Tianjin – Tianjin Airlines
  • Wuhan – China Eastern
  • Xi’an – Hainan Airlines
  • Xiamen – Xiamen Airlines
  • Zhengzhou – Tianjin Airlines

New Qantas 787 Indigenous Livery & other Aviation News

Qantas has revealed the design of the indigenous livery that will be going on their fourth Boeing 787-9 VH-ZND. The aircraft has been named “, Emily Kame Kngwarreye” and the livery is based off her 1991 artwork Yam Dreaming. The aircraft will fly direct for approximately 15 hours from the Boeing factory in Seattle to touch down in Alice Springs on 2 March 2018 where it will be welcomed by Emily’s family.

Qantas have confirmed that they have let one of their 787 options expire, as they do not believe it is necessary to take it up. They do however intend to take up a number of their other options later this year,

Qantas has now also provided an updated 787 schedule and network, seen below

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Airbus has been on tour this month with its brand new A350-1000 aircraft. It visited Sydney to try and convince Qantas that the A350 family is the future of their fleet. It is one of the few upcoming aircraft that can possibly fly Sydney to London or New York direct. It also visited the Singapore Airshow and Auckland amongst many other Australasian cities.


Many airlines worldwide have had to ground much of their 787 fleets due to faults in the planes Rolls Royce engines. Nearly 50 planes, including 5 from Air New Zealand have been removed from service since the start of the year due to premature fatigue in the engine fan blades. All affected engines will have to be replaced. This means that many flights have been replaced by older leased planes. Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic have both hired old A340 aircraft to keep their schedules running whilst the planes are out of service.

Photos courtesy of Qantas and Australian Aviation Magazine

Aviation Avenue 2

Today we are looking at the Qantas 787 and where it will be flying.

There are two routes that have been confirmed for the Qantas Boeing 787 

  • QF9/10 Melbourne-Perth-London
  • QF93/94/95/96 Melbourne-Los Angeles

When the 787 first arrives in October 2017, it will likely fly various proving routes on domestic flights, thses are likely to be on the following routes

  • Sydney-Melbourne
  • Sydney-Perth
  • Melbourne-Perth

After these flights, once the second 787 in December 2017 arrives, they will take over QF96/96 on a daily basis from the 747s that currently operate the service which will be retired. When the third 787 arrives in Feburary 2018, it will be rostered onto QF93/94 three days a week, with the A380 currently used on the service put on QF127/128 Sydney-Hong Kong three days a week. 

Once the fourth 787 arrives in March, all four 787s will be rostered onto the following pattern; Melbourne-Perth-London-Perth-Melbourne-Los Angeles-Melbourne. These flights will have the following flight numbers; QF9-QF9-QF10-QF10-QF95-QF96

The other four 787s are expected to arrive in the second half of 2017. Whilst it hasn’t yet been reported what routes these aircraft will fly, there is wide spectulation on what routes that they will fly. The most popular theory is that they fly a similar pattern to the first four, but using Brisbane as the east coast node instead of Melbourne. This would mean that QF15/16 Brisbane-Los Angeles will be operated by the 787 as well as a Brisbane-Perth-Europe route. The European port is likely to be one of four options based on comments made by Qantas executive and passenger demand.

  • Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Berlin
  • Rome

Beyond this it is likely that Qantas will order more 787s that will replace the 747s that Qantas currently operates. This could lead to the following flights becoming partially or fully operated by 787s. This is dependent on how many 787s Qantas orders with 7 more at the very least being likely and regulatory restrictions on two engine aircraft (ETOPS) are lifted or modified.

  • QF25/26 Sydney-Tokyo
  • QF27/28 Sydney-Santiago (ETOPS dependent)
  • QF63/64 Sydney-Johannesburg (ETOPS dependent)
  • QF73/74 Sydney-San Francisco
  • QF74/75 Sydney-Vancouver (Move from seasonal to year round rumoured)
  • QF127/128 Sydney-Hong Kong (Qantas plans to operate A380s 3-4x per week)

Other new routes that have been suggested could operate with these aircraft in the future include.

  • Melbourne-Dallas Fort Worth
  • Sydney-Chicago

Qantas 787 Naming Competition Winners

Today Qantas announced the winners of the naming competiton for its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. It announced them via a Facebook livestream in which an artist drew each of the Aussie Icons that the planes will be named after. Qantas recieved over 60 000 suggestions in the first stage and 45 000 votes in the second stage of the competition. The order in which the planes will be named is expected to be revealed at a later date.

The final names (in no particular order).

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Boomerang
  • Skippy
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Uluru
  • Great Southern Land
  • Quokka
  • Dreamtime

Aviation Avenue 1

Welcome to our newest Monthly Segment, Aviation Avenue which will now be posted monthly on the 2nd Saturday of the Month. This feature will discuss aviation in NSW, it being one of the most important forms of transport for many people. This month we will be looking at Sydney “Kingsford Smith” Airport

The first flight took of the original private airfield on the current site took off in 1919. The alnd was bought by the government in 1923 and flights began in 1924. The Airport was progressively upgraded with gravel runways opened in 1933 and in the 50s paved runways large enough for jet plane were bulit. It was named Kingsford Smith Airport after games Aussie aviator Charles Kingsford Smith in 1936.

A new international terminal was opeedn by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 May 1970 with the first 747 arriving on 4 October 1970. Various extensions have since been bulit. A third runway was later bulit on reclaimed land in 1994. In 1995 a curfew was added to the airport. More recently, futher terminal upgrade works and works on other facilities are ongoing.

Today there are 3 terminals. 

  • T1 is used for all International Flights
  • T2 is used for most Domestic Flights
  • T3 is the Qantas terminal used for Qantas and QantasLink Domestic flights.

The airport is served by 48 passenger airlines with flights to various destinations through Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America. In 2016, 41 870 000 passengers passed through the airport making it the 38th busiest in the world and busiest in Australia. The airport serves as a hub for Jetstar Australia, Qantas Airways, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia  and Virgin Australia. The busiest route of the airports to Melbourne, which is the 4th busiest air route in the world with over 8 million passengers travelling on the route last year.