I have a point to add, even though I am fairly young and nieve. ... In the recent ASA between SIN
, it was negotiated that SQ
would have effectively unlimited acces to All Australian INT
, and others) and QF
would be able to operate as much 5th freedoms as it likes. To say QF
gets 5th freedoms and SQ
doesn't therefore it isn't fair is totally out of whack. The Austrralian Government doesn't have to give out their rights to just anybody.
Also with them trying to compete on the AUS
-US market, they reason (in my view) that they want to fly it, is not because of another option for its singaporean passengers, but to cut into the "lucrative" market. In a previous post I said that the route wouldn't be so lucrative, if another airline entered it, look at the fall of all the other airlines that have operated SYD
being the most recent) at the moment it cannot support that many airlines no matter what the tourism people say. And if SQ
got those rights, QF
would need similar rights eg. SIN
-USA, whioch is totally not viable, as there is no direct flights, and the connecting port it would go through have other airlines as well, overcrowding that route as well.
The only option for QF
in that instance is to take them on in their own turf, operating intra-asian flights from SIN
for connects by the smaller ports of AUS
which cannot support direct flights, and also take market share off SQ
And as for it being hypocritical on QF
's part (which seems to be the view portrayed by Singapore_Air) European rights have nothing to do with what happens with SQ
's future business plan whatever it may be. QF
needs somewhere to stopover in SE
Asia on their flights to Europe, and choosing SIN
as the hub, is because it is their historic hub, and it is in the Top 3 World airports, and they can also pick up 5th freedom traffic to help boost their yields.
To say SQ
gets nothing from the 5th freedom rights QF
gets is ludicrous as SQ
gets a fair amount of AUS
-Europe/Asia/middle east customers. As it is SQ
is the 2nd biggest airline operating into AUS
. I think it is SQ
that is whining, not QF
. And personally I think they should open their eyes a little bit, because the upcoming stuff with Emirates is going to impact them greater.