There are a few un-informed comments in this thread.
First of all, Qantas has a substantial complexing arrangement in Singapore, with flights to BKK
and Japan. Just over a year ago the capacity (and uplift) were renegotiated - and QF
did some bleating as to some of the restrictions.
The complexing arrangements were established to service the QF
traffic out of London / Europe, and of course now also pick up the BA
traffic with some 'bleed' from other carriers. For many of the international B767 crews, the SQ
'hub' was a long duty time away from Sydney, with short sectors and not a great deal of rest.
As to SQ
. The route authority capacity has mainly gone QF
's way, and the only Star Alliance option is one flight on UA
pulled out (one B744 each way), so there is an option for an early morning SYD
departure (after the arrival of the o'nite SIN
service) to provide an early arrival into LAX
. In the opposite direction, again that arrival could get into SYD
mid afternoon, to become part of the evening SQ
service to SIN
. In theory, SQ
would only be picking up the route authority that was allocated to NZ
/AN. Nothing much will change, as NZ
used to be the major discounter / thrift operator on that city pair as it was.
Expect to see both NZ
(and probably UA
) code share on that second service. Will then give some flexibility as to Star Alliance schedules.
And if John Anderson gives up politics - expect to see him appear on the Qantas board sooner rather than later.