Australia’s Qantas are opening another non-stop service from Australia to Europe, with the announcement of flights from Perth to Paris. This marks a return to the French capital for the airline, after ending its own services at the end of October 2004.
The 2024 Olympics take place in Paris from 26 July to 11 August and the new services will begin before that. That is followed by the Paralympics in the same city from 28 August to 8 September. No doubt the Australian athletes will be carried over and back by their hometown airline.
Perth to Paris Schedule
Flights will start on 12 July 2024 and will originate in Sydney as QF33. They leave Sydney at 13:55 and arrive in Perth at 17:00. After a stopover, departure from Western Australia is at 19:35, landing in Paris at 06:55 the following morning.
Return flights will leave France as QF34 at 09:55, arriving at 08:30am the next day in Perth. People travelling on to Sydney will leave at 10:00 and get home in the harbour city at 16:05. Initially services will operate four times per week and from 18 August it will drop down to a thrice weekly service.
The Air Services Agreement between Australia and France allows three units of capacity between the countries. A unit is based on the number of seats on an aircraft – for example, a Boeing 747 with over 400 seats is one unit. Since the Qantas Boeing 787-9 has 236 seats, it counts as half a unit. That means the airline could operate up to six flights per week with that aircraft.
Codeshare flights are provided for separately and there are 400 daily seats available. Qantas use 250 of these on Emirates, British Airways and Air France, while competitor Virgin Australia uses the remaining 150 with a codeshare on Qatar Airways.
It is great to see the new Perth to Paris services being announced, as another route from Australia to Europe is always welcome. Paris is the second largest O&D market between Australia and Europe after London, so it was perhaps always going to be on the cards.
Once the Project Sunrise aircraft arrive at Qantas, it should free up some more Boeing 787 capacity for other routes. As Perth to London will move to the A350-1000, it is probable that the aircraft will be available to increase Paris to six times weekly. Time will tell!
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