"By that logic, Air Canada and Continental also fly between the US and Australia."
We should also remember Air New Zealand and Air Pacific both who fly to the US one stop from Australia.
operate 37 flights a week across the Pacific and based on the May figures the load factors are around 65% - 67%. Seems like there are a lot of empty seats available if you ask me."
Don't forget that May is well and truly off the peak season for this route. Plus QF
's America services are probably their most profitable with First and Business Class practically full year round.
"stating that Australia is having a hard time with US tourism because of a lack of flights"
Their has been heaps of articles about the lack of flights and competition on the direct routes between the US and Australia. But the fact is that the market is growing, QF
is adding more flights and it's mostly Americans with higher incomes that are travelling to Australia which are the sorts of tourists we want as they have more dollars to spend down here. We have enough British and European backpackers down here anyway!!!!