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~HK$10,000 (US$1290) business class fares from Sydney to Hong Kong during Christmas!

Qantas is doing a promotion offering HK$9995-HK$10045 fares each way to Hong Kong in business class.

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Hong Kong to Sydney Qantas fares

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Sydney to Hong Kong Qantas fares

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What does Qantas stand for?

Why does Qantas have such an awkward name?

That’s because the real name is not Qantas – it’s Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services.

Ask a Qantas flight attendant and try to get him/her to crack that out!

The increasing crowd: Australians coming to Hong Kong for London

The title states so because of the luxury first, business and economy choices Cathay gives us (although only business and economy apply from Australia to Hong Kong). Travellers have named this the Kangaroo Route, and it goes as follows:

An old school Kangaroo Route:

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Not everyone would look for the trek from SYD – LHR in the 1990s. The connection called for an inter Australia flight to DRW continuing on regionally to SIN, a really short trek to BKK and into india via DEL, then turning into the UAE (DXB). It goes on, continuing on to Cairo in Egypt, and at last Tripoli in Libya, then to a leg to LHR which is about as long as from Hong Kong to Ko Samui in Thailand.

Now it’s a whole different story:

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Hong Kong, you see, is one of these routes, and also a major option. SYD based travellers (as well as MEL, PER etc based travellers) love choosing Hong Kong as a stopover (blame Cathay’s next-generation configurations for that). Apart from Hong Kong, people are increasingly choosing SIN because of the new SQ configuration. However we’ve listed a lot more: DOH (QR), NRT (JL), SFO (UA), CAN (CZ), PEK (CA), DEL (AI) and DXB (EK) etc. We’ve also listed some less thought of destinations such as EZE.

Obviously, there are places we haven’t put on because they are less known for the Kangaroo route. Take JNB for example.

Just to inform why HKIA is always so crowded.

Business Class on Jetstar’s 787


Jetstar’s B787-8 is going to arrive Melbourne on Thursday this coming week under the special flight number JQ 7878. Earlier this year AusBT (the Australian website that HKAN was based on) sent out a dream for business class passengers, even though it was labelled as “the fictional Jetstar economy class – Project Sirius”:

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Well, yeah, I wish. However, the real Jetstar business class’ pictures have been released. They don’t look as comfortable, but we can live with it:

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Jetstar’s website: “Comfortable Seating”


The actual seat

It looks a tad more comfortable than the old jet-black Jetstar business class, but they are still generous recliners. After all, Jetstar is a low cost carrier.

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You can see a striking resemblance between Jetstar’s business class and Qantas’ premium economy class, even though Qantas’ premium economy class has slimline seats and not as good padding.

It’s not what one should choose for a long flight, but it is a great improvement over Jetstar’s previous business class.

For a refresher of what a recliner is, see our thorough guide to business class seats and layouts

Hong Kong to Brisbane: QF or CX?

Hong Kong and Brisbane have equally comfortable seats on their A330 aircraft. Which should you choose?

  • Business Class: Cathay. Cathay has its new wide product with direct aisle access and fully flat beds. Qantas will have a comparable, but not better product by early 2015.
  • Economy Class: Cathay (again). The problem with Qantas, which will exceed Cathay by 2015 in the new A330 configuration, is that they use an old product across to Hong Kong. Brisbane, unlike Sydney, sees a QF A330.