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As Australia's national carrier, Qantas provides New Zealanders with a full service, high-quality Business Class and Premium Economy experience to the UK and Europe.  Onboard the A380, Qantas is one of the few airlines that offers the true luxury of a First Class cabin from Australia to London. With the opportunity to fly from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown to connect with onward flights from Australia, Qantas provides more options and flexibility than many other airlines.  Through the new Qantas / Air New Zealand domestic codeshare agreement, Qantas also provides greater access for the regions.

Why Choose Qantas

As Qantas flies from New Zealand via Australia to the UK / Europe, there is a perception that Qantas flights to the UK / Europe take longer than alternative services with fewer stopovers.  However, Qantas' market-leading airport lounges and well-managed connection times mean that the total journey is very similar in duration to airlines that offer direct services from Auckland. Qantas continues to innovate with the launch of its direct service from Perth to London, and investment being made in new aircraft to fly from Sydney to London or Paris.


Experience Business Class

The first flight from New Zealand with Qantas is trans-Tasman to connect with the long-haul Business Class flight.

Qantas’ key route to London from Sydney via Singapore is flown by an A380.  The Business Class and First Class cabins are upstairs.

The seats recline to a full lie-flat position and guests enjoy privacy in the forward facing pod design.  Noise cancelling headphones are included.

Meals were designed by celebrity chef Neil Perry and can be ordered online before boarding.


At Fine Travel we work closely with Qantas to secure the latest Business Class discounts to the UK and Europe for our clients.  Through a direct relationship with Qantas New Zealand based team we can:

  • Save our clients time by investigate travel dates that meet their needs and fit with discounts available.

  • Provide comprehensive itineraries that can be held before payment is required (when compared with the instant purchase option online).

Should you require any date changes, special requests (such as allowances for allergies) or a stopover, we can also arrange these for you, saving time working with Qantas’ call centre.

The Qantas Network

From Australia, Qantas offers three routes to the UK / Europe. Through its close relationship with Emirates, Qantas passengers can also travel on Emirates' aircraft to the UK / Europe. As a One World Alliance member, Qantas also offers codeshare flights with partners such as British Airways to other destinations.


Via Singapore and Perth

Qantas operates 14 flights to London from Sydney (via Singapore with the A380 aircraft) and from Melbourne via Perth on the Dreamliner.  

Via Dubai

Through its partnership with Emirates, Qantas offers 91 Qantas codeshare flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane connecting to the UK and Europe via Dubai

First Class

Qantas takes great pride in the quality of its First Class cabin - aiming to ensure that even the smallest detail is taken care of.

Dedicated First Class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne are the starting point for a luxurious experience.  The First Class suite was designed by Marc Newson and converts to an extra wide bed with Sheridan pillows, duvet and air foam mattress.  Pyjamas from Martin Grant are included and are yours to keep.

Direct Service from Perth to London

Qantas is working closely with aircraft manufacturers to connect Australia with the UK / Europe.  The most recent example is the direct service between Perth and London. This Dreamliner flight has proved to be extremely popular out of Australia and the integration of the domestic and international terminals in Perth for Qantas makes the transition smooth.

Although no formal announcements have been made, Qantas is looking for aircraft that will connect Australian East Coast cities directly with key Northern Hemisphere cities.

Finding Discounted Qantas Business Class Airfares

For its First Class, Business Class and Premium Economy airfares to the UK / Europe, Qantas releases specific fare classes which must be available on all flights to secure the cheapest airfares.  Through our experience selling Qantas, our comprehensive reservations system, we work with our clients to find the dates that the discounted airfares are available and help them integrate their Qantas flights into their itinerary.