Well, it isn't too short a route for the plane if its a full flight, really.
The 764, MD-11, and 777 aren't designed for such either, but DL flies them ATL-MCO all the time.
Many Japanese stage lengths are very short, and the competitors there fly 772s and 773s, as well as the specially designed 747Ds.
The A332s QF ordered are a lower MTOW, with CF6-80E1A2 engines. So they aren't equipped for the ultra-long-haul like AF's, for example (AF flies CDG-GIG with a 332). So one could say QF specified them for shorter hops. Does anyone know the actual MTOW option selected?
Now according to the census, one of these A332s (the second one, just delivered) has the much more powerful CF6-80E1A3 engine but nobody can confirm that. I wonder if its inaccurate.
I don't know what QF specified for the A330-300s they ordered, but they've indicated that these planes will be used for International routes, so my guess is they're the increased gross weight version with more powerful engines. The Census says they're mere -301s with the lower rated engines and low MTOW, but again, I don't know how accurate that is. Doesn't seem to make much sense, but also since I don't know to where they'll fly them I could be off base.
If anyone has any insight as to where QF will fly the A333, I'd be interested in knowing. AJ seems to know everything.
All this is very exciting really, since QF helped design the 777 but have forsaken it for its competitor. I know the 332 competes with the 764, but the 333 clearly competes with the 772. Odd how people like Cathay fly the 772 and the 333, and on similar routes.
I babbled a lot, didn't I? Oh well. I need intellectual stimulation this evening.