I really don’t see VS
serving either BKK
, unless as stop-over points for services to Australia.
Virgin is planning on starting flights to Australia and Branson has explicitly stated he wants HKG
as the Asian stop-over point. He has also stated that Shanghai would be the alternative destination in the event Virgin is unable to successfully negotiate the rights for flights between HKG
There are only two airlines that serve the lucrative high-yield HKG
– Australia market, and they are CX
. Competition has decreased in this market & prices have gone up since the departure of Ansett because of the airline’s collapse, and VS
is eager to capture the premium traffic. I really hope the negotiations are successful as this will be excellent news for both VS
will finally attract a bigger piece of the Europe – Australia vv. market (SIN
dominate this particular market) and VS
will be only one of the handful of European airlines that fly to Australia.
Because of the SARS outbreak, any expansion plans to Asia (and hence, Australia) have obviously been delayed (probably until next year).