Gosh, it's amazing the amount of misconception about what QF does etc.
As mentioned, it is kind of well known that QF were sold some A330's at a very cheap price. So, they took them, why not?
It seems almost counter-intuitive to purchase A330's when the B777 is available, especially when their partners BA, CX and AA operate nearly 100 B777's between them...BUT, QF are not one of the most profitable airlines in the world today for nothing.
The A330 provides the capacity without the weight penalties a B777 would encounter on short routes and at airports with landing fees. Getting B777's would only economically one thing for QF, and that's 270-300 seat long-range thin routes. Umm, somebody mentioned QF need a 300 seat long-range aircraft.
Can someone tell me what routes they would operate with that 300 seat aircraft??? QF needs B747-400 capacity to the US, operating B777's is just not on, even with extra cargo capacity. Flying to Europe, it's easier to funnel passengers through Heathrow and fill up more B747-400's. The B777 would be a niche aircraft. Asia? Don't need the range, the A330 is by far more flexible should QF decide they want to have extra capacity on the Asian routes. Sure, the B777 is more suited, but, the A330 family is more flexible. Sure, they're keeping 767's on Asian routes, but most of those are going to Australian Airlines.
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