HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1591 times:
Australia's travel industy journal Traveltrade reports this week that TG will pull out of trans-Tasman services.
They are going to discontinue the BKK-BNE-AKL service and from October the daily BKK-SYD-AKL 744 service will be discontinued. These flights are to be replaced by a direct BKK-AKL service (three-times weekly) in the 346. Obviously they have signed a code-share deal with Star partner NZ.
They reckon they're not making money on this route and that "there's no place for a full service airline across the Tasman". So the Tasman route is going to have a couple hundred seats per day less capacity now.
It wasn't that long ago that the cheapest trans-Tasman flights were on TG991/2, and this flight was actually my first 744 flight and it was in the Royal Barge.
The TG web-site still shows TG991/2 as available direct ot AKL in November though, and I can't find any mention of what the new SYD-BKK schedules will be. Can anyone enlighten us?
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11318 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1523 times:
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Well us Kiwis and our fellow friends in Australia will know the airline/s that TG992 is talking about.
As what TG992 has said, basically no airline is making money any more on this route, as a result of this NZ and SJ are changing their short haul operations by combining NZ and SJs A320 fleet, SJ and NZ are moving to a same class operation (8 Business class seats and 138 Economy seats)
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1260 times:
Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 4): So this is virtually the same schedule as the old one? What is TG doing putting a 744 in SYD all day for?
It's an interesting one, because by leaving the timings on the service as is, TG requires 2 aircraft to service the sector.
The outbound time from SYD needs to be around 1600-1700, to provide immediate onward connections to Europe. I wouldn't be surprised if TG changes it's BKK-SYD time from the current 18.00 to 00.15, similar to MEL and BNE services. This would mean only one aircraft required, and would also provide improved connections from China.
Therefore, timing would be:
The current TG993/994 service which departs BKK round 8am still provides excellent connections from India and Europe.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5020 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Yeah sad to see an airline disappear off the route.
At this stage though TG991/992 SYD-AKL-SYD sector will stay until March 2006, atleast its in the schedules 4x weekly until then. TG989/990 BKK-AKL-BKK has started 3x weekly a couple of weeks back and is operating with an MD11 3x weekly. I agree the chances of seeing the TG346's in AKL at this stage aren't looking that great.
Atleast with TG991/995 they arrive into SYD early. Not sure that they would change that since TG have a few European flights arrive in BKK between 2-4 pm which hasd good connections to TG991/995 departing BKK at 6pm.
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 22 Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1240 times:
Quoting ZK-NBT (Reply 6): Atleast with TG991/995 they arrive into SYD early. Not sure that they would change that since TG have a few European flights arrive in BKK between 2-4 pm which hasd good connections to TG991/995 departing BKK at 6pm.
There are only connections from LHR, FRA and MUC to these 18.15 flights to SYD.
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Passenger Fukuoka BKK 1200 1520
Thai Airways Boeing 777 Passenger Hong Kong Apt BKK 1120 1300
Thai Airways Boeing 777 Passenger Hong Kong Apt BKK 1120 1605
Thai Airways Boeing 777 Passenger Seoul Incheon Airport BKK 1015 1350
Thai Airways Boeing 777 Passenger Seoul Incheon Airport BKK 1020 1550
Thai Airways Boeing 777 Passenger Osaka Kansai Airport BKK 1045 1645
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Osaka Kansai Airport BKK 1145 1535
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Passenger Kunming BKK 1520 1630
Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 Nagoya Centrair Apt BKK 1030 1430
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Passenger Tokyo Narita Apt BKK 1100 1530
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Beijing Capital Apt BKK 0905 1250
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Passenger Busan BKK 0900 1220
Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 Shanghai Pu Dong Apt BKK 0840 1215
Thai Airways Boeing 777 Taipei Chiang Kai Shek Intl Apt BKK 0830 1605
There are a lot more connection opportunities from North Asia is TG changed BKK-SYD to around midnight.
Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 Guangzhou BKK 1525 1725
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Passenger Guangzhou BKK 2025 2225
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Passenger Chengdu BKK 1600 1805
Thai Airways MD-11 Passenger Hong Kong Apt BKK 2045 2225
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Passenger Seoul Incheon BKK 1730 2255
Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 Osaka Kansai Airport BKK 1900 2230
Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 Tokyo Narita Apt BKK 0955 1800
Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 Tokyo Narita Apt BKK 1655 2125
Thai Airways MD-11 Passenger Beijing Capital Apt BKK 1725 2110
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Shanghai Pu Dong Apt BKK 1730 2105
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Taipei Apt BKK 2010 2255
Thai Airways Airbus A300-600 Passenger Xiamen BKK 1605 1825
Given similar connections from North Asia on a midnight service, I don't think the use of 2 aircraft warrants the longer layover in SYD.