If ever Boeing were to revisit its subsonic cruiser, and if it were to produce an economical, long range version, capable of flying LHR
non-stop, I believe that it could have a dramatic effect on the market, particularly at the top end (business end) of the market, and could be quite appealing to QF
As indicated in previous messages, a flight time of 16 hours, which would be nudging the outer limits of current long haul flights, is quite feasible:
Current timetables show a total flying time from LHR
of about 21.25 hrs (excluding the stopover); taking out the effect of the descent and takeoff, together with a straightening (shortening) of the flightpath that could be possible as there would be no need to fly over SIN
, could possibly reduce this to about 20 hrs.
A further reduction of up to 20%, due to the faster speed, could see this then drop to about 16 hrs – a total saving of about 7 hours (including the stopover), or about 30%, on the current flight.
This would mean arriving in SYD
“1-3 hours” after you leave LHR
, depending on the seasons and daylight saving regimes:
[+1] dp 18:00 09:00
[+10] ar 19:00 +1 10:00 +1
Going the other way, flying time would be a bit longer (about 17 hours):
[+10] dp 10:00 22:00
[+1] ar 18:00 06:00 +1
I believe that the savings in time, as well as the more favourable travel logistics that it would create, would be appealing to a fair section of the business market which would be prepared to pay a premium for such a service.
Indeed, the possibility of non-stop services from Australia to Europe, eliminating the need to go via SIN
, would pose a major threat to SQ
and was one of the motivations – perhaps the motivation - for it wanting to buy into AN
, so that it too, indirectly, could offer such a service via its subsidiary.
Other long haul possibilities for QF
could be SYD
, where the current total flying time of about 20.50 hours (including the stopover at LAX
) could be reduced to about 15 hours non-stop.