I tried to book a flight to SYD via MEL in March and LHR via KUL in July. But it doesn't seem that the A380 is on the KUL-SYD route. Why is that?
The original plan at MH & TG was to deploy the aircraft on the KUL-SYD, BKK-SYD route, unfortunately a decision was made to concentrate their premium product offering on key European routes KUL-CDG, KUL-LHR...
Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways focus on Europe rather than Australia with A380s
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Thai Airways are planning to increase capacity on European routes as they take delivery of the remaining A380s from their six-aircraft orders.Both carriers have opted against implementing original plans for deploying any of their initial A380s to Australia.
Polot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 1890 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
Quoting United Airline (Reply 2): What a pity. Wonder if they will order more in the future and perhaps fly them to SYD, MEL or even LAX......
I think they are trying to avoid the bloodbath that is the Kangaroo route. As for LAX, they can't even manage to fly there daily (currently 3x weekly, increasing to 4x weekly in late March), so I wouldn't expect to see their A380s there any time soon, unless they want to put their prestige aircraft on a route that they are only flying for prestige reasons.
tayser From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 1102 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1370 times:
Quoting Polot (Reply 4): I think they are trying to avoid the bloodbath that is the Kangaroo route.
It's somewhat wrong to assume TG, MH, SQ, CX etc are only flying to Australia to ferry Australians to Europe and back / vice versa........ (the Kangaroo route) - very wrong, firstly there's their own local O&D, the connecting traffic from their Asian networks and only -then- the connecting traffic from Australia to Europe and vice/versa.
TG & MH have large networks to distribute in Asia beyond their respective hubs - SQ, MH and TG are all big players on Australia - India (as there's a lack of direct flights), likewise to Japan & the rest of North Asia - SQ wouldn't be moving to 4x daily SIN-MEL, 2 of which A380s if all they did was service the Kangaroo route (EU-AU).