I think it would be great if QF
that nightmare called LAX
is just horrible to connect in.
would be a most welcome alternative.
Now as far as SIA is concerned, i hope THEY DO
There are two very good reasons why Australia should.
1- Qantas has the right to pick up passengers in Singapore
and fly them to Europe without them ever having anything
at all to do with Australia.
So, We are already serving 'their' market
2 - If Australia signs a free trade agreement with the United States,
there will effectively be a 3 way free trade agreement in place
between Aust, Sing and the USA, as both Aust and USA already have
FTA with Singapore. Now, unlike the "protecting qantas" approach
australians were able to muscle out with singapore when signing that
FTA, the americans will NEVER stand for such an arguement. And besides
why does Qantas deserve special treatment? They're not like Aeroflot
anymore, they are no longer a state carrier and I see no reason why they
deserve any special treatment. Bookings are always heavy on the Transpacific, so they are doing very well out of this. My point is, If Australia,
and it looks likely that it will happen sometimes as it would be mutually
benificial to both Australia and the USA, signs a FTA with the USA, SIA will
AUTOMATICALLY be able to fly AUST-USA.
Everybody might be in for a surprise though.....it could even be in the form of BNE
non-stop (say 772s) rather than having to go to AKL
first like we now do, or, SIA may be daring and bring down a few A340-500s and start NON-STOP SYD
. Now that would really be tough for QF
to compete with.
They would almost certainly be forced to go and get A345s, or 777LR when
they are on offer.
So, I see good comming out of this. IF
united is the casuality, well, at least the quality of transpacific flights will be very high.