United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 8792 posts, RR: 17 Posted (12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1307 times:
Recently Qantas axed routes which they have been flying for many years. Will they ever bring back routes like BKK-LHR, HKG-LHR, AKL-LAX etc? When? Maybe when they get the B787s/more A380s? Perhaps QF should restart HKG-SIN so that we can fly QF to Europe
How many options do they have for the A380? 4? Guess they will eventually order/exercise more.
Strange that these routes seem to be doing very well.
I doubt that very much. They have 8 more A380's coming from 2016-19 to replace the final 9 744's, and the rest of the fleet will be 787's (the bulk -9's and probably a dozen or so -10's early next decade).
I don't see BKK/HKG-LHR coming back. It's been discussed before -- QF will hub any further growth to Europe through SIN in collaboration with BA (unless there's a radical shift in strategy, ie a partnership with EK).
AKL-LAX could be a future JQ route, but I doubt QF will ever return with mainline.
vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1382 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1040 times:
Bangkok/Hong Kong - London is very unlikely. Optimal connections from both AUS/UK ends require aircraft to sit in London all day. The two A380's have something like a 15-16 hour ground time at Heathrow. As you know the Kangaroo route is one (if not the) most competitive markets in the world. GA, SQ, MH, BI, TG, CX, BR, CA, MU, CZ, EK, EY, QR and VS are all direct competitors and that's just EH routings.
Each daily flight utilises 3 aircraft. It's more efficient to send a aircraft to Asia freeing up 2 aircraft where BA takes over freeing up one of their aircraft.
I'd say there is a 40-50% chance of Auckland - Los Angeles coming back but only if it has a orange star on it.
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