Are you saying then that QF can not carry a full-load of pax from LAX to ORD that have come off of their flights from SYD, MEL and AA), New Zealand">AKL?
If it is, it must be something new. The current bi-lateral between the USA and Oz allows for:
Any designated carrier from either country may operate an unrestricted numer of frequencies, subject to a minimum operation of 4 weekly services, without restriction to aircraft type or passengers, to points within the other country".
There are however, restrictions and limitations in regard to code-share and to the other two routes under the bi-lateral, North Pac and Guam.
The coded restrictions and limitations apply to both international and domestic routes.
This is why QF
has never had to "apply" to serve ORD
, but has had to apply for codeshare agreements with AA
In effect, if QF
had 300 pax from all the northbound flights wanting to connect to ORD
or to JFK
they can, under a direct interpretation of the bilateral, which is the same in reverse for UA
's tag between SYD
. They have no limitations on *numbers of connecting international traffic pax.*
No freedoms are permitted by either country, although Oz has rights for designated carriers to serve points in the USA from Mexico (with freedoms). From memory, there is a fifth freedom right to serve points in Canada from HNL
but am not currently clued in to the exact wording. Quite possible there was something about coding with freedoms.
If I recall correctly, this was possibly in direct response to U.S. carriers having access to Oz-N.Z. local traffic and a fall back to the golden days of cosy agreements between Oz, USA, Canadian and N.Z. traffic agreements over HNL
and all the mix and matches that occurred then.