However on account of an odd accident, Qantas will, for a matter of days, be working the primary A380 passenger flight between Australia and London.
So how did this occur?
Switcheroo within the kangaroo
Nonetheless, Singapore's Changi Airport will ban transit passengers from March 24, leaving Qantas in a bind.
So, in a change to the Kangaroo Route, Qantas will now make a 90-minute gasoline cease at Darwin within the Northern Territory of Australia, earlier than flying the greater than 16 hours to London.
It’s the first time that Darwin and London will probably be linked by direct service, however it’s not the primary time that Darwin has stopped on this prestigious route.
"The return price was round £ 400, the equal of the two-year minimal wage, making the journey extremely reserved for the wealthy and well-known," Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings.
Darwin falls on probably the most direct path from Sydney to London, making him a perfect place for the fast cease earlier than the 17-hour flight onward to London.
Qantas' final struggle on Flight QF2 coming back from London to Sydney through Darwin will take off on March 27 and land the next day.
Goodbye to the tremendous jumbo
Qantas is touchdown all 150 of its planes till no less than the tip of Might, together with its 12 A380s.
Though the double-decker megajet was a client favourite, "the 380 was a foul enterprise determination within the first place," says Kenneth Button, professor of public coverage at George Mason College.
"Boeing was proper when it argued that extra passengers needed direct flights slightly than going by means of massive hubs linked by superjumbos and arriving at hubs by single-aisle planes, which was what Airbus thought would occur."
"Due to this fact, the 787 with medium capability, gasoline financial system and lengthy vary (and capability for use in a load context) succeeded," he instructed CNN Journey.
A journey that took four days and seven stops to finish in 1947 can now be completed in a single Qantas soar. CNN's Richard Quest travels the outdated and new Kangaroo route.
These Darwin-London flights will not be such legendary aviation moments, however they’re yet one more bizarre flip in what’s a really tumultuous second for the business.
Rob Hodgetts contributed to this report.