qf2220 wrote:Gemuser wrote:From Smi0006 in reply 89:
Although a mix up of JNB with 789s could be good, ex-PER/MEL, take on SA. From anecdotal memory I think VA always had high load factors ex-MEL, but the detour killed them, but I understand this has now been relaxed?
Not exactly relaxed, CASA now SAYS it will approved EDTO>180, although none has so far although to be fair there may not have been any applications. About 2 years ago, much missed member SunriseValley [RIP] lodged an FOI request with CASA re EDTO >180 applications. They replied that as of that date none had been lodged. While sceptical the time I now tend to believe as no one is doing so on an Aussie AOC & 2 years would be very believable for the first application.
Having said that VA may not be willing to jump through the hoops that would be required especially regarding equipment & maintenance, such approval does not come cheap!
If anyone will do it it will be QF. Being able to go deep into the south will allow SCL to go daily with a 789 and potentially allow opening of GRU/GIG/EZE with 789s as well. JNB will be part of this package for QF.
I agree that it anyone do EDTO>180 it'll be QF. VA has no need for it either, the LA route can be perfectly covered by EDTO180.
However QF might not necessary mean 789, it could also mean A359 especially since A3510 is making a visit to Sydney again.....