Hi there, just wondering if anyone knows why QF9 is ALWAYS late departing Melbourne. It's meant to depart at 23:35 but is always a minimum 30 mins up to 3 hours late. This means that people who use that flight to connect to other European destinations are constantly missing their connecting flights. Eg. Travelling to Paris, Qantas sells QF9 with connecting QF8073 from Dubai to Paris. There's only 1hr 15 mins between scheduled landing and takeoff, so for the last 2 weeks that I've been following, passengers have only made their connection 3 times. If Qantas can't get their customers onto those connections consistently, they should not be selling those 2 flights together as a complete journey. So what ends up happening is that customers are having to wait for the next flight to Paris, which is 7 hours later. And that's IF there are seats on that flight!! I've always travelled Emirates but this time chose Qantas, BIG MISTAKE, and when I brought this to their attention and asked for them to put me on an earlier flight they wanted an extra $130 for me to make the change so I could guarantee getting onto that connecting flight. Their standard line response is that they always aim to meet their schedules. When you look at that flights on time rating on flight stats, it doesn't even rate one star!! It's really poor service and its no wonder Qantas is almost non existent as an international carrier.