QANTAS: Perth to Paris direct from 12 July 2024 Oh-la-la!
If you love a long flight on a Qantas 787, you have a new option. Qantas will fly direct from Perth to Paris, with a linking flight from Sydney. Expect to enjoy/be trapped (depending on what you think of Qantas service) in a 787 for 17 hours plus a 2.5-hour stopover in Perth if you are catching the flight out of Sydney.
The direct Perth to Paris flights start on 12 July 2024, with a four-times-a-week service for a month of European summer, dropping back to three per week from mid-August. Qantas is adding the extra initial flight to cash in on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
This will make for the third European city Qantas will service out of Perth, adding to the existing routes to London and the seasonal Rome route. The Perth to Paris route will add 75,000 seats between Australia and Europe annually.
The route is on sale from today, Monday, 30 October
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Here are the details of the flights and frequencies. The flight originates from Sydney, pausing in Perth:
Sydney to Paris (Mon, Wed & Fri [Sun])
- QF33 Sydney to Perth departing 1:55 pm, arriving 5:00 pm
- QF33 Perth to Paris departing 7:35 pm, arriving 6:55 am (+1 day) [17 hours 20 minutes]
Paris to Sydney
- QF34 Paris to Perth departing 9:55 am arriving, 8:30 am (+1 day) [16 hours 35 minutes]
- QF34 Perth to Sydney departing 10:00 am, arriving 4:05 pm
The delivery of new Dreamliners has allowed for the routing. Qantas will use a Boeing 787-9s, with 236 seats, made up of 42 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 166 Economy seats. Qantas seating products are fairly standard now across the Dreamliner fleet.
You can use Qantas’ partnership with Air France for onward flights to more than 70 destinations. Qantas is also offering a ‘circle fare’ which allows you to enter via Paris, and depart via London or visa versa.
This new route provides an alternative for Qantas loyalists to Emirates for travelling between Australia and Europe. But, to put it plainly, I’d rather negotiate Dubai than I would the horror of CDG.
Trap me on a SuperJumbo A380 for 17 hours, fine. On a 787, I’m not so sure. But I am in the minoirty. Customers, according to seat sales, love the direct Perth to London service, which is roughly the same distance.
I’m all for any alternative way of reaching Western Europe that doesn’t involve Heathrow, but Charles De Gaule? Out of the frying pan and into the fire!