They now serve PEK and PVG in SYD, with PEK being in the middle of the same explosive growth out of SYD.
QF's SYD - PEK route is different:
- SYD - PEK was previously a monopoly for CA, whereas MEL - PVG already has both
- An important, if underappreciated, development is QF's JV with MU. MU is based in PVG and cannot, even if it wanted to, fly PEK-Australia routes, since CA holds the Chinese rights for the most compelling opportunities. However, MU already fly PVG - MEL, which QF can take advantage of, without needing to use its own metal.
If you look at SYD - PEK, you will see that it is currently the cheapest
route out of SYD on QF to Asia, at AUD 576 return - the yields must be horrendous, though I could be wrong.
See: http://www.qantas.com/au/en/flight-deal ... all/lowest
Regarding QF's SYD - PVG route, QF established and maintained that route well before the arrival of secondary Chinese carriers like HU and MF, and before its JV with MU. For many years (including QF's most unprofitable ones), it was QF's only route to Mainland China, and served a strategic purpose, despite potentially being loss-making (much like NZ's AKL - PVG service).
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on Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:46 am, edited 1 time in total.