Qantas is flying from London to Sydney via Darwin
Under extreme times like these, airlines tend to take extreme steps in order for maximising value of the flight being operated. One such extreme measure in the past few weeks was the flight Air Tahiti Nui operated which holds the record for the longest domestic flight. Similarly Qantas was forced to change its route from Sydney to London-Heathrow via Changi as the latter had announced it would ban all transit and short term visits to the country island to control the spread of coronavirus.
London to Down under
Due to the travel ban imposed by Singapore which would not make it possible for Qantas to operate its so called “Kangaroo route” , they have now decided to operate using a stopover at Darwin. This would be the first time Darwin and London are connected directly. This operation would commence from Tuesday, 24th March.
This operation is set to only last a week or so as Qantas has announced it would be winding down its international operations as early as the end of March. While the stopover at Singapore had fifth freedom rights, Darwin will be only used as a fuel stop and will not be able to transport passengers from Darwin to London or Darwin to Sydney.
QF1 and QF2 flight schedule
QF 1 SYDNEY 18:00 DARWIN 21:15
DARWIN 23:00 LONDON 6:15
QF2 LONDON 22:15 DARWIN 23:55
DARWIN 1:15 SYDNEY 7:00
This would be operated using its A380-800 aircraft. The distance between Sydney and Darwin is 1957 miles with the distance covered between Darwin and London is 8,620 miles where the Darwin- London leg will be covered in 16:20 hrs and London-Darwin will be covered in 16:45 hrs. Darwin will become only the second city in Australia to have scheduled services with London after Perth.